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.

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