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Live Review: Joanne Shaw-Taylor
Joanne Shaw-Taylor is one of the most exciting name in blues, and Matthew Hooper says her live show is reason to believe the hype
Joanne Shaw-Taylor is an artist I’ve been trying to see for a few years now and when I saw the opportunity to see her live, I did not hesitate. This is because she breathes new life into the Blues genre, which has sadly diminished over the decades. To make things even better, she shares my Brummie heritage, adding to the list of talented musicians to hail from Birmingham.
“Joanne Shaw-Taylor largely showed that she is a force to reckoned with and is doing something new and exciting with the blues
She often returned to the classic roots of the blues by slowing songs down and playing intricate blues melodies over the top of her band, who despite not receiving a proper name as a group, did receive lots of attention from the solo artist, who frequently credited each member in between songs. This was deserved as well, since the band managed to keep a very tight set in which none can be faulted for making any mistakes. The keyboard player received some time in the spotlight in which he played through a huge organ solo reminiscent of the likes of Billy Powell and Jon Lord.
“‘Nothin’ To Lose’ was a standout track with a rock ’n’ roll riff, rhythm guitar parts that the late Malcolm Young would be proud of, and a punchy chorus
The passion that she showed whilst playing and the desperation heard in her voice really did the blues justice, debunking the myth that blues has no place in the modern music industry. Blues has infected many genres and can be sometimes noticeable in more mainstream music, but Shaw-Taylor showed it in its’ purest form with a ferocious drive spawning from her own passion and talent.
Other standouts include ‘No Reason to Stay’, featuring a truly infectious riff, and ‘Bones’, one of her only covers of the band, The Hoax. Joanne Shaw-Taylor largely showed that she is a force to reckoned with and is doing something new and exciting with the blues, and an artist I would definitely recommend not writing off before even giving it a listen.
To keep up to date with Joanne Shaw-Taylor, visit her website.