JoAnne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues/rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honor of playing alongside some of her musical idols.

At age 16 she was “discovered” by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, who asked her to play guitar in a new supergroup he was forming at the time.
Joanne’s debut album, White Sugar, first opened the door and Joanne’s career has since gone stratospheric, with her breaking into the US market and the album making the top 10 in the Billboard blues chart. She beat the stereotypes of her age and gender, gaining acclaim from critics and peers alike. Subsequent albums: Diamonds in the Dirt, Almost Always Never and Songs from the Road followed and saw Joanne’s fan base rise globally. In 2010, she won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards. She won the same award at the 2011 British Blues Awards, plus the Songwriter of the Year award for "Same As It Never Was" from Diamonds in the Dirt.

On June 4, 2012, Taylor played lead guitar in Annie Lennox's band at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London. Taylor played an extended solo during the performance in front of Buckingham Palace, attended by approximately 12,000 people (and viewed by millions on TV world-wide).

In 2014, Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer, Grammy-winner Jim Gaines, and recorded her next studio album in Memphis. That album, entitled The Dirty Truth, was a return to Joanne’s original sound that mixed rock riffs with blues influences. The album was released in the UK and USA in September, 2014 on Joanne’s own independent boutique label, Axehouse Records, to critical acclaim across the world and became her biggest selling album at the time.

Joanne is a bona fide star with famous fans across the guitar world, including Joe Bonamassa (who described her as “a superstar in waiting”), Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wilko Johnson, Glenn Hughes and John Mayall, to name but a few.

Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, free form jazz, and the never ceasing desire to improvise form this mind bending kaleidoscope of sound, energy and vibe. NPR said “This Nashville blues trio sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” And Rolling Stone lauded, “J.D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan”. With his band, JD and cohorts have gained a solid fan following from touring and opening for bands such as Blackberry Smoke, The Gregg Allman Band, Warren Haynes, Tommy Emmanuel and others. They have played Bonnaroo, Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam, Mountain Jam and JD recently joined Phil Lesh & Friends for a night dubbed “Dead Blues” at Terrapin Station.

Current album on Sony/Red/Orchard was released on March 1, 2019.



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