Critically acclaimed British guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor, universally hailed as the UK’s premiere blues-rock guitarist is announcing the release of her sixth studio full-length record The Blues Album on Friday, September 24th.
The album will be released via Joe Bonamassa’s independent blues label KTBA Records. It was produced and recorded by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
The hotly-tipped 11-track album features Joanne’s personalised covers of eleven rare blues classics originally recorded by Albert King, Peter Green, Little Richard, Magic Sam, Aretha Franklin, Little Milton, and many more.
Bluesdoodles Thoughts: The video provides an insight into musicians working with Joanne Shaw Taylor in the studio. The vocals are front and centre, with Joanne colouring the lyrics with warm emotions that are genuinely intoned as she cradles her guitar unusually silent. Then the lead break from Joanne she makes the guitar sing with purity and energy this is blues you want to listen to every day. The single really raises the bar and shouts into the single from her anticipated ‘The Blues Album’.
Working with Joe Bonamassa this is music that Joanne was born to sing and interpret
Joanne Shaw Taylor comments on the song “Let Me Down Easy” – “This song was written by Maurice Dollinson and was recorded by Little Milton as a single released by Checker Records in 1968,” says Joanne. “The following year it was released by Stax Records on Little Milton’s album Grits Ain’t Groceries. I wasn’t too familiar with Little Milton. Joe is responsible for opening my eyes and ears to him. I loved this song from the minute he sent it to me. It’s also the only version other than now mine that I’ve heard of it and I’m glad I didn’t hear to many versions and thus make it more complicated for myself or question how to sing it. I got a clear idea from listening to the Milton version how I would like to perform it.”
Joanne’s covers album pays tribute to artists and bands that are not obvious choices including Little Village, Little Milton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Ray, but, at the same time, she covers seminal blues icons including Albert King, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and Magic Sam. Some of the songs covered are B-sides of singles.
The Blues Album, the follow up to 2019’s critically acclaimed album Reckless Heart, features Josh Smith (guitar), Reese Wynans (keyboards), Greg Morrow (drums), Steve Mackey (bass), Steve Patrick (trumpet), Mark Douthit (sax), Barry Green (trombone). Joe Bonamassa plays guitar and sings on the track Don’t Go Away Mad.
“We try not to live in the well-worn trails of the blues,” explains Bonamassa. “Each song has to has to stand on its own while paying tribute to the original masters.”
“Joe made it known from the get-go that his main objective for this album was to push me as a singer,” recalls Joanne. “Obviously, Joe has seen me perform many times over the years and knows my voice well. I think he felt that he could my vocal performance more, and get more out of it, especially since I’d had over a year to rest my vocal cords.”
As a musician and a recording and performing artist, Joe Bonamassa has always been a fan of Joanne’s music. Ultimately, what did Bonamassa set out to achieve by co-producing this magnificent, rich, and beautifully recorded and performed album for Joanne? Joe explains, “If you focus on what people might not associate with an artist and work hard on those areas it allows her fans to discover things and sets her up in a different light. Joanne’s a great singer and always has been. The guitar unfortunately has over-shadowed it until now. A lot of us in the business have the same problem. “
Let me Down Easy is the second single from Joanne Shaw Talor’s forthcoming The Blues Album Read our thoughts on the first single If That Ain’t A Reason HERE
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