Joanne Shaw Taylor
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Following her 2016 Glastonbury appearance Joanne Shaw Taylor’s star is on the rise. Certainly if her latest release is anything to go by. The British blues singer-guitarist has matured into a purveyor of authentically delivered blues, rock and soul. She’s got chops and tone, her guitar and vocals sparring in the spirit of blues masters BB and Albert King. Wild sees Taylor collaborating with Joe Bonamassa producer Kevin Shirley, and the result mixes the raw power of I’m In Chains, Dyin’ To Know, Nothin’ To Lose and Wanna Be My Lover, with the intimate, I Wish I Could Wish You Back, and Gershwin’s evergreen, Summertime. Shirley always coaxes the best from his artists as Taylor’s writing, guitar work and vocals have hit another level here. Backed by a band of hot Nashville studio musicians - “I can’t help but think they’ve made me sound better,” says Joanne - her songs and solos are confident and fully realised. A fine album from an artist who’s truly come of age.