Joanne Shaw Taylor

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Joanne Shaw Taylor was born in England. Her father played guitar and harmonica. Her brother played guitar, later lost interest, and passed the guitar down to Joanne. As a child she asked for private lessons and studied guitar at school. After you hear her music, you will not be surprised to know she was trained as a classical guitarist. Stevie Ray Vaughn, sparked her interest in blues. She loved the freedom of expression it offered. Her dad nurtured her interest in blues by steering her in the right direction and by 16 she recorded her first album, White Sugar, in 2009. Joanne Shaw Taylor, is a regular at bluesfests throughout the country. She has shared the stage with blues greats such as Warren Haynes, Marcus King, Susan Tedeschi, Derrick Trucks. She is an amazing and successful woman in the world of blues. Her tour to promote her latest album, Reckless Heart,begins in March.

By Deborah Miller

I am an avid blues enthusiast and enjoy writing about what I love. My mission is to feature female blues artists and help bring their work to the forefront, in what is typically a male-dominated genre. I hope that my readers learn along with me as research for each artist. I want my readers to know and experience the satisfaction one gets when discovering new music and hope that some are inspired to pick up an instrument. I welcome readers to share their talents so that they too can be featured. I also hope to help further promote the careers of the talented female blues performers that I write about by sharing interesting details about their lives, careers, and the music they create. Deborah Miller