Joanne Shaw Taylor

Time for some blues with a very talented singer/songwriter and awesome blues guitar player, Ms Joanne Shaw Taylor.
Joanne is from Wednesbury in the Black Country, England, and was inspired in her early teens to play the blues after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.
And man does she play the blues.

Joanne Shaw Taylor is one of these rare musicians. Her soulful voice embodies the blues narrative. The way she bleeds emotions through her guitar strings is masterful. Add her knack for engaging, heartfelt songwriting, and you have a musical force demanding – and deserving – attention.
Excellent smokey voice and in my opinion one of the best guitarist to come out of Great Britain, in fact she is world-class.
I don’t know who to ascribe these comments too, but I concur with his sentiments.

Let’s take a little wander through her recent catalog.

First up this gem.
Wow! This track has totally blown me away, such a beautiful, soulful, sexy vocal by Ms Joanne, I’m in love (musically) with her amazing talent. This rendition of a song that David Bowie turned into a classic is unbeatable. And the video clip is something else, courtesy Olja. This is a track from Joanne’s latest album, Wild, make sure you get a copy.

Wild is the Wind

“Wild Is the Wind” is a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind.

Another great track from the new album. The blues is strong tonight, you can tell from this track and the title track that this is going to be an awesome album.
No Reason To Stay

“A Dazzling Talent” – Jools Holland
“A superstar in the making” – The Express
“Killer licks and soaring solos” – Sunday Times
“Making blues rock cool again” – Sunday Mirror

? Stephen Fourie

This is in a Henry Westons Sessions exclusive – backstage at the 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival where Joanne performs wonders with this Prince classic. I loved the Sinéad O’Connor version, but this is way different and I love love this version. Just Joanne Shaw Taylor and a guitar, brilliant.
Nothing Compares 2 U


File under your “did you know” folder, there are over 25,000 recordings of “Summertime”.
Yes, that many and yet there are a couple that stand out, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Billie Holiday. Well move over, there’s a new girl in town. Add this beautiful soulful version to the stand outs. Simply awesome.


“Summertime” is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.

An appearance on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC Two produces a dark driving blues performance. No matter the place and time Joanne Shaw Taylor will always be there and produce.
An amazing beautiful talent. Man this rocks.
Dyin’ To Know

Later… with Jools Holland

? Jon Wood Photography

As I frequently do, here’s a live version of the song we started with. This is a previously unseen performance from her Planet Rock live session last year. Just as awesome as the album version. This young ladies talent is amazing. Still in love with her. Her guitar playing on this is just superb.
Wild is the wind

Add this to the list of classic versions of this song.

I first featured Joanne Shaw Taylor back in 2010 on the old blog, ignore the warnings and go check her out here for some more background, and some tunes.