UK (Bristol), May 29, 2011 Review

artist: Joanne Shaw Taylor date: 06/01/2011 category: live concerts
Joanne Shaw Taylor: UK (Bristol), May 29, 2011
Joanne Shaw Taylor's performance at the Tunnels showed everyone in the audience exactly why: strapping on a beat-to-hell maroon Tele, Taylor never let up for one moment in the whole of her set.
 Sound: 9
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.7 
 Users rating:
 9.7 
 Votes:
 3 
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overall: 9.7
UK (Bristol), May 29, 2011 Reviewed by: alchemist1289, on june 01, 2011
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Sound: For those who don't know, Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues artist whose Telecaster wielding skills have earned her rightful acclaim from the likes of Joe Bonamassa and Dave Stewart. Her performance at the Tunnels showed everyone in the audience exactly why: strapping on a beat-to-hell maroon Tele, Taylor never let up for one moment in the whole of her set. Her sound is best described as raw: razor sharp single-coil guitar tones and a very expressive voice that clearly has it's roots in soul just as much as blues. All this was underpinned by an extremely solid backline of bass and drums which really gelled with Taylor's aggressive playing style. If there is one complaint it's that the vocals occasionally got slightly lost in the mix. However I was right up the front - from slightly further back in the crowd there were no such issues. // 9

Perfomance: The whole line up displayed an excellent stage presence, moving around the small stage, clearly enjoying their performance as much as the audience. Taylor unleashed a collection of lightning fast blues runs and solos, tipping her hat to everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Jimi Hendrix - special mention should go to her excellent cover of Hendrix's "Manic Depression" which she tore through in great style, displaying fantastic command of her instrument. Slower tracks such as "Blackest Day" broke up the performance nicely, allowing Taylor to demonstrate a more laid back, mellower style which showcased her songwriting talents to great effect. // 10

Overall Impression: A lot has been said of Taylor - just look at the reviews she's been getting from guitar and music magazines. Put it like this: I saw her live for 12.50 and I doubt that you'll find a bigger bargain anywhere else. I also doubt whether you'll see her for as little ever again - while blues music isn't exactly mainstream at the moment, you only need look at her contempories - Philip Sayce, Joe Bonamassa for instance - to know that this lady can go far. She played with the passion and agression of a verteran blues musician, and on the strength of this performance that's exactly what she is. // 10

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