35 - 0621147
35 - 0621147

White Sugar


Telecaster, Texas style

“I have played with all sorts of blues musicians all over the

world, I even made a film ´Deep Blues´ where I went to Mississippi and recorded

some legendary players such as R.L Burnside and Jesse -Mae Hemphill. Last year I

heard something I thought I would never hear....a British White Girl playing

blues guitar so deep and passionately it made the hairs on the back of my neck

stand on end!“ (Dave Stewart/Eurythmics)

When Dave Stewart had his big experience, Joanne Shaw Taylor

was only 16. Her skills at the Telecaster were so perfect that the bluesfan and

Eurythmics-frontman asked her to join his supergroup D.U.P. to tour europe in

2002. She was also offered a record contract but the label went bust. Today

Joanne is 23 and happy about the fact that she took her time with the recording

debut: „I wanted to take time out to really work on my craft and make sure that

when I did an album it was the best that I could do.“

For „White Sugar“ Joanne took a plane to Memphis where her

label RUF had booked Jim Gaines´ studio. Jim had worked with some of Joanne´s

idols like Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He brought in the experienced

sessionmen Steve Potts (Drums) und Dave Smith (Bass). „Working with these guys

was totally easy. I knew of them because of Luther Allison and the Jonny Lang

albums. They didn´t know the tracks until five minutes before we recorded them.

I made them listen to the songs once and then play them. It was fantastic. They

got so much feeling and soul. They are amazing guys to work with.“

The power trio – that´s the kind of band which suits Joanne

Shaw Taylor, also at home in Birmingham, where she and her trio play the pubs,

clubs and festivals. „I always wanted to try the power trio thing, like Stevie

Ray Vaughan, the Paladins or Jimi Hendrix. I thought it would bring me on as a

guitar player and a singer – which I think it has done. And“ – Joanne chuckles –

„it´s also cheaper, you know.“

She talks about some influences. When Joanne was a little

schoolgirl, she was caught by the rough side of the blues: SRV, Albert Collins,

the Paladins, Jimi Hendrix. At christmas she got her first electric guitar. The

old classical guitar, which she had played since she was eight, vanished from

the children´s room. „As soon as I heard SRV and Albert Collins I knew pretty

much that I wanted to do that full stop. That was the lifestyle route that I was

goin´ to go down. It was never a hobby. It was always very serious and dedicated

to it.“

„White Sugar“ is the proof. The confident and young british

woman keeps the traditions of her idols but she is going her own way. With her

record debut she demonstrates her talent with ten songs that she has written

herself. Playing the hard stuff à la SRV, making us feel the bite of her

telecaster just like Albert Collins did or working out charming little riffs

from the Jimi Hendrix book – Joanne is always seeking – and finding – new

terrain. Funky shuffles, soulful ballads or the hypnotic hookline of the title

track, a burning instrumental, she presents her craft powerfully. Some songs

were written during the the flight to Memphis, a few others were written 10

years ago and are kind of her signature tunes. There is the autobiographical

„Kiss The Ground Goodbye“, deep feelings come wirh „Heavy Heart“ or „Blackest

Day“, a song that Joanne wrote when she was 14. „With ´Blackest Day´ I really

wanted to show my influences.“ She can be proud of her first album. „„She´s my

pride & joy...“ SRV once sang. Her fans will be proud of Joanne, too...

“She plays with more attitude and flare than most. Massive

potential here. Inspiring.”

GUITARIST magazine

“ Catch her live if you can, then you can say: I was there at

the beginning”

Blue Print Magazine

“Joanne IS the new face of the blues”

Blues Matters

  • Going Home (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Just Another Word (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Bones (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Who Do You Want Me To Be? (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Time Has Come (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • White Sugar (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Kiss The Ground Goodbye (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Heavy Heart (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Watch 'em Burn (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)
  • Blackest Day (Shaw Taylor, Joanne)