Glenn Hughes

Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band's early '70s albums included "Trapeze", "Medusa" and "You Are The Music... We're Just The Band".

In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale. Any skepticism was squelched with the 1974 release of "Burn" which has since been re-released on its 30th anniversary. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.

So make no mistake. The Voice of Rock never left the building.

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.

$35.00 (due to Glenn's knee surgery, this date was postponed from March 8.

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