Joanne Shaw Taylor

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Tue, May 21, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Born in the Black Country of England and discovered at age 16 by Eurythmics’ co-founder Dave Stewart, Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as one of the top blues acts in the UK and beyond. Her debut album White Sugar, (2009) first opened the door, and she has spent the last decade releasing increasingly successful albums and touring the world. Along the way, she has won over fans from Joe Bonamassa to Stevie Wonder to Annie Lennox.

Taylor released her sixth studio album Reckless Heart this past February. The follow-up to 2016’s successful Wild finds the British blues musician in glorious form and a mischievous mood, one minute bearing her claws with catty lyrics, the next deliriously in love.

In several senses, it’s an album of firsts -the first made in Taylor’s adopted home town of Detroit, the first produced by her close friend Al Sutton (Greta Van Fleet, Kid Rock), the first largely recorded live and the first to feature an unplugged solo performance and, by chance, a passing train. The good-time grooves of vintage, British blues-rock are given a modern makeover, while Taylor’s most powerful, yet intimate vocals to date take their cue from the gritty soul greats (Aretha, Tina, Mavis) that she grew up on.

“I’ve never had so much fun making an album,” said Taylor. “I feel like I’ve reached a stage where I can stop worrying what people think. The older I get, the more comfortable I am with being open and honest. If I’m pissed off, I’ll say it. If I want to be flirty, I will.”
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240