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17th October 2010


“‘Tis Autumn” – Stan Getz

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October 17, 2010 Posted by | Jazz, Old Music, Photography | , | Leave a comment

New Music – Joanne Shaw Taylor

I have posted on Joanne Shaw Taylor back in January after discovering her debut album (click HERE) thus I am pleased to inform you all that she has just released her second album “Diamonds In The Dirt”.

The 18 months since the release of her debut “White Sugar” have seen that recording receive a nomination as Best New Artist Debut at the 2010 Blues Music Awards and become the most successful debut ever on Ruf Records.

Taylor’s latest release reunites her with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and the same team of studio pros that made White Sugar such a success.
Recorded at Gaines’ Bessie Blue Studios in rural Tennessee, “Diamonds in the Dirt” offers 10 stellar, all-original cuts. It begins with the unexpected sound of a lone acoustic guitar but soon shifts into overdrive, becoming a dizzying display of frenetic, full-throttle electric power.

Taylor recently moved to the U.S. and attributes the heavy sound of Diamonds in the Dirt to her new musical environment – a place immortalized in song as ‘Detroit Rock City.’ “There’s a huge amount of incredible bands and musicians in Detroit,” says Taylor of her current home base. “I’m sure it’s given me new inspiration and been part of the reason for the slightly heavier sound on this album.”
Songs like “Can’t Keep Living Like This” and “Lord Have Mercy” showcase a remarkable range of dynamics. Taylor and her tight, two-piece rhythm section build gradually upon solid, riff-driven grooves. When the moment comes, the guitarist launches into one of her incendiary solos. Often, as on “Lord Have Mercy,” Taylor, drummer Steve Potts and bassist Dave Smith explode together in a final, breathtaking climax.

“Lord Have Mercy” – Joanne Shaw Taylor

It’s not all fireworks, though. “Diamonds in the Dirt,” a song about the process of emotional recovery, shows off the softer, more melodic qualities in Taylor’s singing and playing, as well as her willingness to reveal and heal. “Writing, for me, is very personal,” she says. “All the songs on this album are autobiographical. It’s basically a chance to put thoughts and fears to paper.”

“Diamonds In The Dirt” – Joanne Shaw Taylor

As tempting as it was to try and repeat the success of “White Sugar”, so much has changed in Taylor’s life since then that she never even considered it. Thus, “Diamonds in the Dirt” is a fitting step forward. “I wanted an album that showed my growth as a musician and person. I think “Diamonds in the Dirt” is a good snapshot of where I am right now as an artist and a good memoir of the past two years.”

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  1. Can’t Keep Living Like This
  2. Dead And Gone
  3. Same As It Never Was
  4. Jump That Train
  5. Who Do You Love?
  6. Diamonds In The Dirt
  7. Let It Burn
  8. World On Fire
  9. Lord Have Mercy
  10. The World And It’s Way
To buy the music of Joanne Shaw Taylor click HERE

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Blues, New Music, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment


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