Preview: Joanne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor (Picture: Kit Wood)
Joanne Shaw Taylor (Picture: Kit Wood)

by Adam Aiken

Blues-rocker Joanne Shaw Taylor will be on her way to Bury St Edmunds when she hits the road to promote her latest record, The Blues Album, this winter.

The 14-date trek will arrive at The Apex on Monday, November 28.

The Blues Album – the British guitarist’s seventh release – was produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith and hit the shelves last September to positive reviews, topping the Billboard Official Blues Chart.

It features Taylor covering nearly a dozen blues classics, including by the likes of Albert King, Peter Green, Little Richard and Aretha Franklin.

Joanne Shaw Taylor UK tour 2022

“I’d known from the beginning of my recording career that one day I wanted to record an album of blues covers – I just wasn’t sure when the right time to do that would be,” said Taylor.

“I’ve always found it far easier to write my own material than come up with creative ways to make other artists’ material my own.”

But the pandemic lockdown proved to be a signal that the right time had arrived, and she headed into the studio to record the covers.

Bonamassa said: “We wanted to make a tough, vocal-centric, straight blues record that showcased Joanne’s amazing talent but in a slightly different light.

“Josh and I tested Joanne’s limits and pushed boundaries.”

As well as the Bury gig, Taylor’s tour will head to Ipswich Corn Exchange on Saturday, December 10.

Click here for Bury tickets and here for Ipswich.

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