VIDEO & AUDIO: Joanne Shaw Taylor’s Sheffield girl power

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Girl power is back with blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor who is hoping to inspire other girls after launching her own record label in Sheffield.

The 27-year-old was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16.

Rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor

Rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor

She has gone on to have US Billboard blues chart hits and won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards and was named Songwriter of the Year.

Joanne played lead guitar in Annie Lennox’s band at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London and Stevie Wonder complemented her “clean, bluesy, understated tone”.

Now she’s about to start a 14-date UK tour, featuring former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden as special guest, to promote her fourth studio album, The Dirty Truth, with a date at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Sunday, November 2.

And it will be something of a homecoming concert for the girl who has launched her own record label, Axehouse Music Limited, in Sheffield.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch a video report of Joanne making her latest album.

AUDIO: Listen to Joanne Shaw Taylor’s chat with Digital Editor Graham Walker on - CLICK HERE.

She resides between Detroit, Michigan and here Birmingham birthplace, but sees Sheffield as a second home.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in Sheffield. I started my own record label there this year with my manager, who is based in Sheffield, so it’s become a second home for me now,” she said. Listen to the interview in full at

“We launched the label for the new album, which we recorded at the beginning of the year just south of Memphis. It’s a stripped back mix of blues, rock and soul.

“We played the Plug a few years ago.

“I love the place. It’s a great city. More like a nice town. So I’m looking forward to getting their and playing.”

She hopes her success might inspire other girls to pick up a guitar in the male dominated world of blues and rock.

Joanne, who will next year tour the US with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa, said: “My dad played guitar and was a big fan. There was always music on and my brother played too.

“I didn’t think too much about it but, growing up playing guitar, I didn’t have too many role models. There are more out there doing it now. May be young females, aspiring guitar players, will latch on to me a bit more or see other girls out there doing it.

“It’s nice to think I might have a bit of influence there.

“I’d say to them don’t think about it, I haven’t tried to. People have mentioned it enough. As far as I’m concerned I’ve just tried to be the best musician and guitar player, singer songwriter I can be. Just be as good as you can. Work hard and practice a lot.”

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