Golden girl Joanne is a true blues sen­sa­tion

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

BLUES star Joanne Shaw Tay­lor has al­ready taken Amer­ica by storm with her two ac­claimed al­bums.

Now the singer-gui­tarist aims to break Europe, and is ready to un­der­take a gru­elling tour. Birm­ing­ham-born Joanne will head­line the Lemon Tree on Sun­day to pro­mote sec­ond al­bum Di­a­monds In the Dirt. Speak­ing to the Evening Ex­press be­fore a re­cent show in Slove­nia, she said: “Tour­ing can be very hard but I ab­so­lutely love trav­el­ling to dif­fer­ent coun­tries and play­ing shows. “Some­times we can travel for as long as10 hours in one day be­fore a show which is ab­so­lutely ex­haust­ing. Af­ter that we have sound­checks and then the show. “But those are only mi­nor draw­backs as the no­madic life­style of tour­ing, and be­ing on the road re­ally ap­peals to me. “It is im­por­tant to go out there and play in front of your fans. “I can­not wait to play in Aberdeen, as Scot­land has al­ways been a coun­try where I get a strong re­cep­tion.” Joanne first came to promi­nence as a pre­co­cious 16-year-old tal­ent who was plucked from ob­scu­rity by Eury­th­mics star Dave Ste­wart. She toured Europe with Ste­wart’s band DUP in 2002 and was hailed as one of the ma­jor voices of a new blues gen­er­a­tion. Since then Joanne, now 25, has re­leased ac­claimed al­bums White Sugar and Di­a­monds in the Dirt. Orig­i­nally solely a gui­tarist, her sul­try vo­cals were re­cently recog­nised at the Bri­tish Blues Awards where she was named fe­male singer of the year. She said: “Land­ing best fe­male vo­cal­ist was a bit of a shock to say the least. “I started as a gui­tar player and singing was some­thing I had to do if I wanted to front my own band. “Even now I don’t re­ally think of my­self as a singer – I’m far more of a gui­tar player.” Few mu­si­cians can boast play­ing with such a stel­lar band as DUP at just 16. Along­side Ste­wart, Joanne also shared a stage with Candy Dulpher (Prince), Mud­bone Cooper (Par­li­ment, Funkadelic) and reg­gae le­gend Jimmy Cliff. It was a mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion that opened up the way for a solo ca­reer. And Joanne has since worked with a host of blues le­gends. “I have been lucky enough to have met and played along­side many of my idols that have in­spired me,” she said. “There are the greats like BB King and Jimmie Vaughan, meet­ing them was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. “I have never met Buddy Guy so hope­fully I can some day as that would be awe­some.”

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