marzo 1, 2024
“I’m from Britain and Grew Up Worshipping the Texas Guys”: Joanne Shaw Taylor Talks Recording with Joe Bonamassa

“I’m from Britain and Grew Up Worshipping the Texas Guys”: Joanne Shaw Taylor Talks Recording with Joe Bonamassa

British blues guitar luminary Joanne Shaw Taylor’s new record is called The Blues Album (KTBA Records), which might cause her fans to scratch their heads a bit: Weren’t her seven previous releases blues albums? “They were, but in a way they were not,” Taylor says.

“When I think of the blues, I think of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and my own music has strayed a bit from that kind of thing, especially songs that I write. So when I decided to do a covers album, I went for things that were more traditional, and the album title just seemed appropriate.”

Taylor’s choices for covers might be more in the straight-up blues guitar lane, but she didn’t opt for tried-and-true selections. The 11 sparkling cuts include mostly rare gems by the likes of Albert King, Little Richard, Magic Sam, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, among others.

Joanne Shaw Taylor, 2009

(Image credit: Harry Herd/Redferns)

Throughout the record, Taylor’s fiery and spunky electric guitar playing sparkles, but the real revelation here is the power of her dramatic and supple singing.

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