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“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.

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  • nightflyer69

    Does anybody else feel that Joanne could be one of the biggest blues artists around? Seen her live a few times and been really impressed by both her Guitar playing and also her vocals. Great first album as well even if it was a very long time coming.

    25 Aug 2009 Reply