Golden girl Joanne is a true blues sensation
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.”