Joanne Shaw Taylor

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Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor, Scarborough, 2010.jpg
Taylor on tour in May 2010
Background information
BornFebruary 1985 (age 37)[1]
Wednesbury, West Midlands, England[2]
GenresBlues rock[3]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active2002–present
LabelsSilvertone, Sony Music, Ruf, Keeping the Blues Alive

Joanne Shaw Taylor (born 1985, England)[5] is an English singer and guitarist. She was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16.[6]

Taylor's albums via Ruf Records, White Sugar (2009) and Diamonds in the Dirt (2010), peaked at No. 8 in the US on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Her No. 1 album, The Blues Album (2021), was released via Joe Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive Records.

In 2010, Taylor won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards. She won the same award at the 2011 British Blues Awards, and the Songwriter of the Year award for "Same as It Never Was", from Diamonds in the Dirt.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in Wednesbury, West Midlands, England.[2] She grew up in Solihull and was inspired in her early teens to play the blues after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.[5] Dave Stewart heard Taylor play and invited her to join his supergroup, D.U.P., on tour in Europe during 2002.[3]

Music career[edit]

In May 2009, Taylor released her debut album, White Sugar, via Ruf Records. Taylor's second album was 2010's Diamonds in the Dirt, also on Ruf Records. Both albums peaked at No. 8 in the US, on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. In 2010, she won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards.[7][8] She won the same award at the 2011 British Blues Awards, and the Songwriter of the Year award for "Same as It Never Was", from Diamonds in the Dirt.[7]

On 4 June 2012, Taylor played lead guitar in Annie Lennox's band at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London.[9] Taylor played an extended solo during the performance in front of Buckingham Palace, attended by approximately 12,000 people (not counting the many thousands lining The Mall).[10] Just before her solo spot, Taylor's Fuzz Face pedal malfunctioned, leaving a much cleaner guitar sound than usual. However, this apparent misfortune was ameliorated when she was informed that Stevie Wonder had loved her "clean, bluesy, understated tone".[11]

Taylor's fourth studio album, The Dirty Truth, was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee (with producer Jim Gaines). It was released on 22 September 2014.[12] Taylor's fifth studio album, Wild, was released on 30 September 2016. It was recorded in Nashville's Grand Victor Studios, with Kevin Shirley as the producer.[13] The album became her first Top 20 entry in the UK Albums Chart.[14]

In 2018, Taylor signed her first major label contract with Sony Music on their imprint, Silvertone Records.[15] She supported Foreigner at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on 15 May 2018, and at the Royal Albert Hall on 16 May.[16] Following her own headline tour in 2017, Taylor completed a four week tour around the United States, and returned to the UK in late 2018 to play intimate venues around the country.[17] Taylor's sixth album, Reckless Heart, was released on 15 March 2019 in the UK and Europe. It was later released on 17 May in the US.[18][19]

In 2021, Taylor released the charting single "If That Ain't a Reason", from the No. 1 The Blues Album via Keeping the Blues Alive Records.[20][21][22][23] Produced by Joe Bonamassa, Taylor released Blues from the Heart: Live in 2022.[24] Her single and music video for "Can't You See What You're Doing to Me" features Kenny Wayne Shepherd.[25][26]



Taylor primarily uses Fender Telecaster electric guitars, although she also uses a Gibson Les Paul. She has also said she likes Stratocasters for rhythm guitar work. She acquired her main Telecaster, nicknamed 'Junior', at the age of 15. It is a modified 1966 Esquire model purchased secondhand in Denmark Street, London, which has had a Fender Jazz humbucker neck pickup added (in addition to the factory bridge pickup). Additionally, she uses a Fender Albert Collins signature model Telecaster, which was a gift from Joe Bonamassa.[27]

Taylor uses Ernie Ball skinny top/heavy bottom strings and usually tunes the guitar to E♭.[28]


Taylor uses a Bletchley Belchfire 45 with a Marshall cabinet for a heavier sound, and a 1970s Fender Pro Reverb for a cleaner sound.[28]


Taylor mainly uses one or two Ibanez Tube Screamer pedals, along with a Holy Grail reverb. On some tracks, she also uses a Vibe Machine for a vibrato effect.[28]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facebook - Joanne Shaw Taylor". 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Joanne Shaw Taylor @ The Robin, 17 May 2011". 17 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Biography by Richard Skelly". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Interview: Joanne Shaw Taylor on Recording with Joe Bonamassa". 9 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b Grahame Rhodes. "White Sugar review". Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor's 'Reckless Heart' impressive, energetic - Tahoe Onstage | Lake Tahoe music concerts and sports". 20 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "British Blues Awards 2011". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  8. ^ Richard Skelly. "Joanne Shaw Taylor | Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  9. ^ "The Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert – Annie Lennox". 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "BBC News – Stars perform at Diamond Jubilee concert". 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  11. ^ The Blues magazine, Issue 4, page 50
  12. ^ "Dirty Truth – Joanne Shaw Taylor – Releases". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor reveals further details of her 5th album Wild". 18 May 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  14. ^ "JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor signs album deal with Sony/Silvertone". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  16. ^ Stanley, Rebecca. "Black Country blues artist Joanne Shaw Taylor to support Foreigner on UK tour – including Birmingham show". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  17. ^ "PRESALE: Joanne Shaw Taylor announces intimate October tour & confirms sixth studio album". Planet Rock. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor - Reckless Heart". TM Store. Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  19. ^ Whitmore, Laura B. (7 May 2019). "British Guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor Bares It All on Reckless Heart". Parade. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor releases new single If That Ain't A Reason produced by Joe Bonamassa — Decibel Report" (Press release). 9 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021 – via Decibel Report.
  21. ^ "Blues Albums". Billboard. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  22. ^ "If That Ain't a Reason". Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  23. ^ Ehrenclou, Martine (27 September 2021). "Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor 'The Blues Album'". Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  24. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor – Blues From The Heart Live". Blues Magazine. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  25. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor Releases New Video 'Can't You See What You're Doing To Me" (Live) Feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd". Rock and Blues Muse. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  26. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor: Blues From The Heart Live". All About Jazz. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  27. ^ Joanne Shaw Taylor on SRV, Pedals, and the Guitar She Got From Joe Bonamassa. (Video narrative). 30 April 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  28. ^ a b c "Rig Rundown - Joanne Shaw Taylor". Retrieved 19 January 2021 – via YouTube.
  29. ^ "Joanne Shaw Taylor | Discography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2013.

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