Joanne Shaw Taylor announces UK Tour - November 2011

Joanne Shaw Taylor
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Following her critically acclaimed UK tour in May 2011, due to popular demand, blues rock guitarist and singer, Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to the UK in November to undertake a 10-date tour that starts at the Buxton Pavilion Arts Theatre on Tuesday November 15th.
Originally discovered by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) as a guitar prodigy at the age of 16,
Joanne will perform music from her debut album White Sugar, and her 2010 follow-upDiamonds in the Dirt.  Joanne is fast becoming a rising star on the international blues circuit. She was named “Best British Female Vocalist of the Year” at the British Blues Awards 2010.
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Celebrated by Classic Rock magazine, Taylor also received a Best New Artist Debut nomination at the British Blues Awards for her debut album White Sugar.
Taylor's latest album, Diamonds in the Dirt sees her reunited her with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) along with the same team responsible for the success of her White Sugar debut album.
Recorded at Gaines' Bessie Blue Studios in rural Tennessee, Diamonds in the Dirt 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 Detroit, Michigan, and attributes the heavy sound of Diamonds in the Dirt to her new musical environment – a place immortalized in song as Detroit Rock City.
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"There's a lot of incredible bands and musicians in Detroit," says Taylor.  “It’s given me new inspiration and been part of the reason for the slightly heavier sound on the Diamonds album."
Songs like Can't Keep Living Like This and 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. On Have Mercy, Taylor, drummer Steve Potts and bassist Dave Smith explode together in a breathtaking climax.
The title track Diamonds in the Dirt is a song about the process of emotional recovery, and shows Taylor’s softer, more melodic qualities of her singing and playing, as well as her willingness to reveal and heal. "Writing, for me, is very personal," says Taylor. "All the songs on this album are autobiographical. It's basically a chance to put thoughts and fears to paper."
As tempting as it was to try and repeat the success of White Sugar, so much has changed in Taylor's life since then. Diamonds in the Dirt is a fitting step forward. "I wanted an album that showed my growth as a musician and person,” concludes Taylor. “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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Tuesday 15th November
Buxton, Pavilion Arts Centre
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 0845 127 2190
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN

Wednesday 16th November
Islington, O2 Academy
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, London, N1 0PS

Thursday 17th November
Bristol, The Tunnels
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 0845 6050255
Temple Meads, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 6QS

Friday 18th November
Exeter, Phoenix
Tickets: £15.50 / Box Office: 01392 667080
Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS
Saturday 19th November
Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01326 211222
41 Melvill Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4AR
Tuesday 22nd November
Wolverhampton, Robin 2

Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01902 401211
26-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV14 7LJ
Wednesday 23rd November
Glasgow, O2 ABC
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
330 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JB
Thursday 24th November
St Helens, Citadel
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01744 735436
Waterloo Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PX
Friday 25th November
Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01484 430528
Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP
Saturday 26th November
York, Fibbers
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01904 651250
The Stonebow, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7NP
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