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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

@cheltfestivals
#cheltjazzfest

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

“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.

Kerrie Sweeney

Some great sounds from down under. Should I say some great blues sounds. If you’ve been here before you know I am very partial to female blues singers, and this young lady can surely sing the blues.

Kerrie Sweeney hails from Wollongong, a place that ranks second to my favorite Australian place-name, Wangaratta. They both roll of the tongue so beautifully.

Kerrie Sweeney has recently returned to the music scene after a long absence. Kerrie has won a swag of awards during her musical career as a blues and soul singer /songwriter /entertainer including her first award Best New Female Artist at the Australian Blues Music Awards in 1998.

Kerrie is currently working with members of the fabulous ‘FINN Band’ a well-respected group of musicians that have been working in and around Sydney for over 20 years. And is currently recording her next CD with the guys due for release in September 2017.

While we are waiting for that CD let’s take a stroll through her catalog of awesome live blues.

This is a hot of the presses video, just dropped on YouTube.
Here’s Kerrie in fine voice as part of the Women of Blues and Soul Showcase @ Corrimal RSL.
And boy does Kerrie have blues and soul sewed up.
Sooner or Later

Supporting Women in Blues – NSW

 

Kerrie and the WBC House Band giving a fine rendition of the Stevie Ray classic. Jason providing sterling lead guitar and Kerrie gives us the voice.
The Sky Is Cryin’

Kerrie Sweeney & The WBC House Band
Kerrie Sweeney ~ vocals, Jason Brett ~ guitar, Marty ‘Squid Eye’ Maloney ~ drums
Ron Ind ~ harmonica, Lawrence Davis ~ bass, Guy Munro ~ Guitar

 

Keep the blues live, yeah man it’s the only way.
Here’s Kerrie, but this time with the Old Mate Blues Band, still at the Wollongong Blues Club, still down under. Sharing the vocals with Toni Cini. Sounds like a good night was had by all.
Rock Me Baby

Guy Munro (guitar); Nathan Freeman (bass); Pete Burns (drums);Dave “Spotty” Schmidt (harp/vocals/guitar);Jason Brett (guitar);Kerrie Sweeney (vocals);Ron Ind (harp);Toni Cini (vocals);Mark Brett (guitar)

 

Finally today, as we already know, this young lady sure can sing the blues. Here she is again still @ the Wollongong Blues Club. Back again in fine voice with the WBC House Band.
Same Old Baby

Kerrie Sweeney & The WBC House Band
Kerrie Sweeney ~ vocals, Jason Brett ~ guitar, Marty ‘Squid Eye’ Maloney ~ drums
Ron Ind ~ harmonica, Lawrence Davis ~ bass, Guy Munro ~ guitar

 

Astrid S

Today we have another stunning talent from Scandinavia.
Astrid Smeplass was born in the Rennebu municipality in Norway, known professionally as Astrid S, she is an extremely talented singer / songwriter.

Astrid S is starting a tour next month, first up two sold out concerts in New York and Los Angeles and then on to London which is probably sold out as well. And then on to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Busy girl.

So let’s take a wander through this young ladies musical catalog, and for one so young it is extensive.

This stunning video was my introduction to the wonderful Astrid S, with a snappy electro-beat this is a song to set your feet tapping. Very cool.  This is Astrid’s latest single release.
Breathe

Produced by Cherry Cobra
Director Cherry Cobra
Director of Photography Jallo Faber
Actors Rickard Tollstoy, Christer Wiklund, Jens Löfgren, David Nyberg
Graphics Cherry Cobra
Editing Linda Jildmalm
Music video by Astrid S performing Breathe.
(C) 2017 Universal Music A/S

This next one is taken from her debut EP “Astrid S”, another bright beautiful electro-beat and totally addictive. I’m guessing this was shot in Norway, the scenery is stunning.
Hurts So Good

Produced by NAIVE
Director Andreas Öhman
Producer Caroline Sandberg
Director of Photography Erik Vallsten
Production coordinator Alice Ängeby
Choreography Mari Raudsepp
Actor Philip Oros
Head of Graphics /VFX Oskar Gullstrand
Editing Andreas Öhman
Graphics /VFX assistant Oskar Järviken, Lovisa Lybeck, Nils Mattson
Grading Oskar Gullstrand/ Naive

Another stunning video, and another beautiful song. This young lady has definitely got me hooked on her sound. Just lovin’ this song.
Hyde

Director: Hörður Sveinsson
Director: Helgi Jóhannsson
Producer: Atli Viðar Þorsteinsson
Director of Photography: Árni Filippusson
Focus Puller: Snorri Fairweather
Assistant Director: Haraldur Ari Karlsson
Choreography: Viktor Leifsson
Actor: Viktor Leifsson
Editor: Helgi Jóhannsson
Behind The Scenes Photographer: Birgitta Jeanne Sigursteinsdóttir

📷 Paulina Torbjörnsen

Back in 2013 at the tender age of 16 Astrid Smeplass appeared on the Norwegian version of “Idol”, she came in fifth which seems to be a good number. While on there she did an awesome version of this Dolly Parton classic, but with only 90 seconds it was a little hurried. And then I found this version at an open air concert in Allsang på Grensen. Prepare to have your heart broken.
Jolene

 

Here’s a great acoustic song recorded live in the studio, a really cool song and a wonderful performance by Astrid. The more I hear her voice the more enraptured I am by her talent.
Jump

Recorded at Propeller Recordings, Oslo, Norway

📷 Robin Bøe

We’re gonna finish, as I frequently do, with a live version of the song we started with.
This is from a performance live on “Skavlan” in Sweden on Sveriges Television (SVT).
Breathe