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Lone Wolf BLUES

With her trusty, if minimal, guitar collection at her side and the seal of approval from Joe Bonamassa and Glenn Hughes, Joanne Shaw Taylor tells THEA DE GALLIER how she’s forging ahead on her own terms. Just don’t call her Joss Stone…

INTERVIEW Joanne Shaw Taylor

Photography Eleanor Jane

The last time The Guitar Magazine caught up with Joanne Shaw Taylor, she’d just released her fourth album, The Dirty Truth, and was openly elated to have reached the stage of knowing her own strengths and playing to them. “I’ve got to the point where I write songs that suit my guitar playing and also my voice,” she told us, and called the album a “nice tie-up” of her previous ones. That was back in 2014, and anyone with even a vague knowledge of Taylor’s relentless writing and touring schedule will know that feeling comfortable is no excuse to rest on her laurels.

Her fifth album, Wild, was released in October last year, and she began touring it almost immediately, before joining Joe Bonamassa on the Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea cruise in February. “It was chaos, and wonderful, and all the things you can expect from living on a boat with a bunch of blues musicians for five days,” laughs Taylor, 32. “The closest thing we get in the UK is a weekend at Butlins! It’s amazing, you’re [playing] on a huge pool deck cruising through the ocean.

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The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.