Joanne Shaw Taylor 'let out the demons' on new album Wild

A promo shot of blues star Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor says her upcoming fifth album Wild documents her “closing the chapter on one relationship and starting a new chapter on another.”

Wild is set for release on September 30 via Taylor’s Axehouse Music label and is available for pre-order now, and the blues artists admits it deals with some very personal subject matter.

She tells TeamRock: “I ended a pretty big relationship a couple of years ago and started one just before this album, so I had a lot of stuff I wanted to channel.

“I taught myself to write music so it has always been very therapeutic for me. And that leads to the music being very authentic.”

That authenticity is important to Taylor, who says it’s the only way she knows how to write music and play the guitar.

She adds: “When you want to get up there and play for people, it’s very important that there is an authenticity in what you’re playing and singing, I think.

“I like having something that I want to say, getting a few demons out.”

Having been discovered as a teenager by Eurythmics man Dave Stewart, Taylor’s start in the music business could not have got off to a more conspicuous start.

But she left her former label Roof Records ahead of starting work on Wild and says she always wanted to be an independent artist – a position that also links to the theme of authenticity.

“It is maybe the control freak in me, but this is where I always wanted to end up – as a totally independent artist,” Taylor says.

“When I first got signed by Dave Stewart, it was to a major label and later I was very happy with with decision to sign to Roof. But my audience is on the road, I will never have a hit no.1 record.

“I think being on my own gives me a better platform to represent myself.”

With Wild, Taylor’s ambition is to keep her loyal fanbase on side while hopefully also appealing to a new audience.

She says: “I would of course like to keep expanding my fan base. I hope the existing fans like it because that’s very important to me, but you always want to make new fans.

“But basically I get to write and play music for a living without having to work behind a bar, which is in itself a small miracle. I get to work with amazing people and play really loud and obnoxious guitar solos. That’s amazing to me.”

Taylor is on the road with Joe Bonamassa on his Salute To The British Blues Explosion tour and she has also just announced a UK headline tour for January of next year.

Tour Dates

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Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:00PMGreenwich Music TimeLondon, United Kingdom
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:00PMNewark CastleNewark-On-Trent, United Kingdom
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00PMAbbey NeumunsterLuxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 6:00PMSTADE DES BURGONDESSaint Julien En Genevois, France
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:00PMBluesrock FestivalBredene-Aan-Zee, Belgium
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00PMFargo Blues FestivalFargo, United States
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00PMOpinion BreweryNewport, United States
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00PMOpinion Brewing CompanyNewport, United States
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00PMThe Arroweed @ AVI CasinoLaughlin, United States
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00PMThe Waiting RoomOmaha, United States
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:00PMKavanaugh's HilltopRock Island, United States
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:00PMBlues FestivalStafford Springs, United States
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8:00PMRams Head On StageAnnapolis, United States
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00PMB.B. King Blues Club & GrillNew York, United States
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:00PMThe Blue OceanSalisbury Beach, United States
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:00PMBull Run RestaurantShirley, United States
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 7:00PMChan’sWoonsocket, United States
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:00PMIron WorksBuffalo, United States
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:00PMThe Lost HorizonSyracuse, United States
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 8:00PMSellersville Theater 1894Sellersville, United States
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00PMGators LoungeJeannette, United States
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00PMRascalsAlbany, United States
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:00PMThe FoundryLakewood, United States
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7:00PMToken LoungeDearborn Heights, United States
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00PMMusic FactoryBattle Creek, United States
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00PMAppalshop TheatreWhitesburg, United States
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:00PMReggies Rock ClubChicago, United States
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00PMReggies Rock ClubChicago, United States
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:00PMThe RitzSan Jose, United States
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8:00PMThe RitzSan Jose, United States
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:00PMBrick By BrickSan Diego, United States
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 8:30PMBrick by BrickSan Diego, United States
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00PMCount's Vam'dLas Vegas, United States
Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7:00PMWhisky A Go GoLos Angeles, United States
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:00PMWharfTavistock, United Kingdom
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00PMGlobeCardiff, United Kingdom
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:00PMFleeceBristol, United Kingdom
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00PMHuntingdon HallWorcester, United Kingdom
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:30PMRescue RoomsNottingham, United Kingdom
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30PMThe Live RoomsChester, United Kingdom
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00PMThe AtkinsonSouthport, United Kingdom
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:30PMShrewsbury Theatre SevernShrewsbury, United Kingdom
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00PMBrudenell Social ClubLeeds, United Kingdom
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:45PMARCStockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30PMCarnegie Hall.Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30PMThe Lemon TreeAberdeen, United Kingdom
Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7:00PMThe MetBury, United Kingdom
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 8:00PMThe BrookSouthampton, United Kingdom
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30PMBrighton KomediaBrighton, United Kingdom
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00PMHarpenden Public HallsHerts, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00PMThe ApexBury St. Edmunds, Uk
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:30PMLe ForumVaureal, France
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:30PMl'OcéanisPloemeur, France
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:30PMLA GRANDE OURSESt Agathon, France
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3:30PMLA TRAVERSECleon, France
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:00PMDowntown BluesclubHamburg, Germany
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00PMPianoDortmund, Germany
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:30PMKulturzentrumEsslingen Am Neckar, Germany
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00PMYard ClubCologne, Germany
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 8:00PMColos-SaalAschaffenburg, Germany
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 8:00PMMeisenfreiBremen, Germany
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00PMBlues GarageIsernhagen, Germany
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00PMGUITAR HEROES FESTIVALJoldelund, Germany
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00PMAmpereMunich, Germany
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:00PMParadiso Kleine ZaalAmsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:00PMluxorliveArnhem, Netherlands
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00PMBurgerweeshuisDeventer, Netherlands
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00PMIdunaDrachten, Netherlands
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 9:00PMPoppodium BibelotDordrecht, Netherlands
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7:00PMPoppodium GrenswerkVenlo, Netherlands
Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:00AMKeeping The Blues Alive at SeaTampa, United States
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:00PMSage TwoGateshead, United Kingdom
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00PMABC 1 - Celtic ConnectionsGlasgow, United Kingdom
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7:30PMManchester Academy 2Manchester, United Kingdom
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:00PMButlins Live MusicBognor Regis, United Kingdom
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00PMSheffield City Hall BallroomSheffield, United Kingdom
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:00PMO2 Shepherd's Bush EmpireLondon, United Kingdom
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:00PMBirmingham Town HallBirmingham, United Kingdom

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