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

Exclusive: Blues star Joanne Shaw Taylor says relationships played a big part in her writing sessions for 5th album Wild

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."

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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

Date Venue Location
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:00PM Greenwich Music Time London, United Kingdom
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:00PM Newark Castle Newark-On-Trent, United Kingdom
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00PM Abbey Neumunster Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 6:00PM STADE DES BURGONDES Saint Julien En Genevois, France
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:00PM Bluesrock Festival Bredene-Aan-Zee, Belgium
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00PM Fargo Blues Festival Fargo, United States
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00PM Opinion Brewery Newport, United States
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00PM Opinion Brewing Company Newport, United States
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00PM The Arroweed @ AVI Casino Laughlin, United States
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00PM The Waiting Room Omaha, United States
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:00PM Kavanaugh's Hilltop Rock Island, United States
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:00PM Blues Festival Stafford Springs, United States
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8:00PM Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, United States
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00PM B.B. King Blues Club & Grill New York, United States
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:00PM The Blue Ocean Salisbury Beach, United States
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:00PM Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, United States
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 7:00PM Chan’s Woonsocket, United States
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:00PM Iron Works Buffalo, United States
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:00PM The Lost Horizon Syracuse, United States
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 8:00PM Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, United States
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00PM Gators Lounge Jeannette, United States
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00PM Rascals Albany, United States
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:00PM The Foundry Lakewood, United States
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7:00PM Token Lounge Dearborn Heights, United States
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00PM Music Factory Battle Creek, United States
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00PM Appalshop Theatre Whitesburg, United States
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:00PM Reggies Rock Club Chicago, United States
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00PM Reggies Rock Club Chicago, United States
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:00PM The Ritz San Jose, United States
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8:00PM The Ritz San Jose, United States
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:00PM Brick By Brick San Diego, United States
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 8:30PM Brick by Brick San Diego, United States
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00PM Count's Vam'd Las Vegas, United States
Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7:00PM Whisky A Go Go Los Angeles, United States
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:00PM Wharf Tavistock, United Kingdom
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00PM Globe Cardiff, United Kingdom
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:00PM Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00PM Huntingdon Hall Worcester, United Kingdom
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:30PM Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30PM The Live Rooms Chester, United Kingdom
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00PM The Atkinson Southport, United Kingdom
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:30PM Shrewsbury Theatre Severn Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00PM Brudenell Social Club Leeds, United Kingdom
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:45PM ARC Stockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30PM Carnegie Hall. Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30PM The Lemon Tree Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7:00PM The Met Bury, United Kingdom
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 8:00PM The Brook Southampton, United Kingdom
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30PM Brighton Komedia Brighton, United Kingdom
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00PM Harpenden Public Halls Herts, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00PM The Apex Bury St. Edmunds, Uk
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:30PM Le Forum Vaureal, France
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:30PM l'Océanis Ploemeur, France
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:30PM LA GRANDE OURSE St Agathon, France
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3:30PM LA TRAVERSE Cleon, France
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:00PM Downtown Bluesclub Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00PM Piano Dortmund, Germany
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:30PM Kulturzentrum Esslingen Am Neckar, Germany
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00PM Yard Club Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 8:00PM Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 8:00PM Meisenfrei Bremen, Germany
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00PM Blues Garage Isernhagen, Germany
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00PM GUITAR HEROES FESTIVAL Joldelund, Germany
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00PM Ampere Munich, Germany
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:00PM Paradiso Kleine Zaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:00PM luxorlive Arnhem, Netherlands
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00PM Burgerweeshuis Deventer, Netherlands
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00PM Iduna Drachten, Netherlands
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 9:00PM Poppodium Bibelot Dordrecht, Netherlands
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7:00PM Poppodium Grenswerk Venlo, Netherlands
Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:00AM Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Tampa, United States
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:00PM Sage Two Gateshead, United Kingdom
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00PM ABC 1 - Celtic Connections Glasgow, United Kingdom
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7:30PM Manchester Academy 2 Manchester, United Kingdom
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:00PM Butlins Live Music Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Sheffield City Hall Ballroom Sheffield, United Kingdom
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:00PM O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire London, United Kingdom
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:00PM Birmingham Town Hall Birmingham, United Kingdom

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