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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR’s new album “Heavy Soul” marks an exciting return to her rock, blues and soul roots – available now!

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Celebrated blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor announces the release of her new studio album, Heavy soulavailable NOW via Journeyman Records. Recorded at the historic RCA studios just before the closure, Taylor says: “I love the history – it seemed like the natural place to return to. It was a beautiful album to make.”

With a career enriched by critical acclaim from legends like Stevie Wonder and Annie Lennox, Taylor’s Heavy soul offers a mix of contemporary soul pop and traditional blues. The album’s latest single, “Drowning In A Sea Of Love,” is a soulful rendition inspired by Eva Cassidy’s version of soul icon Joe Simon’s 1971 R&B hit. Introduced to Taylor by producer Kevin Shirley, it perfectly captures the album’s theme of exploring emotional depths through a blend of blues and soul music.

Heavy soul is a milestone in Taylor’s career and shows her evolution from blues roots to incorporating soulful pop music nuances. Following the heartfelt single ‘Change of Heart’, the album continues to showcase Taylor’s expressive vocals and guitar skills with songs like ‘Devil In Me’ and ‘A Good Goodbye’, the title track ‘Heavy Soul’, and features a compelling version of Joan Armatrading’s ‘ All The Way From America’.

Critics have praised Taylor for her raw talent and authenticity Heavy soul. Glide Magazine described it as her “most complete ‘triple threat’ effort to date”, elevating her status from guitar-slinger to singer-songwriter. Blues Matters praised the album as “an unforgettable sonic experience, cementing Joanne’s place as a dynamic force in the music world.” And Rock and Blues Muse celebrated her return to the passionate sound that brought her fame, saying, “With the electrifying Heavy Soul, Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to the passionate sound that brought her fame.”

After a successful spring US tour, Joanne Shaw Taylor will embark on “The Heavy Soul” US Tour this fall, promising an electrifying experience featuring songs from Heavy Soul and fan favorites. For tickets, visit joanneshawtaylor.com/tour/.

CD track list
1. Dear Lil Lies
2. All the way from America
3. Black magic
4. Drowning in a sea of ​​love
5. A farewell
6. Heavy soul
7. Wild love
8. Someone like you
9. Devil in me
10. Change of heart

Tour dates summer 2024:
Saturday, June 15 – Aurora, Illinois – RiverEdge Park
Saturday June 29 – Poortugaal, NL – Music by Rhoon Festival
Saturday, July 6 – Jarvenpaa, FI – Puistoblues Festival
Friday, July 12 – Briggsville, PA – Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Thursday, July 18 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall
Friday, July 19 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater*
Tuesday, July 23 – Lake Placid, NY – Songs in Mirror Lake
Friday, August 2 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
Saturday, August 10 – Duluth, MN – Bayfront Blues Festival
Friday, August 16 – Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse
Saturday, August 17 – Thornton, NH – White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival
Saturday, September 14 – Morristown, NJ – Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

*Opening for Joe Bonamassa

American tour “The Heavy Soul”:
Wednesday, October 23 – Carmel, IN – The Palladium
Thursday, October 24 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater
Friday, October 25 – Kansas City, MO – Folly Theater
Monday, October 28 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Tuesday, October 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Thursday, October 31 – Boise, ID – The Egyptian Theater
Friday, November 1 – Spokane, WA – The Bing
Saturday, November 2 – Beaverton, OR – Patricia Reser Center For The Arts
Monday, November 4 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theater
Wednesday, November 6 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theater
Thursday, November 7 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
Friday, November 8 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theater Napa
Wednesday, November 13 – Cerritos, CA – Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, November 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
Sunday, November 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theater OKC
Tuesday, November 19 – Austin, Texas – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Wednesday, November 20 – San Antonio, Texas – Charline McCombs Empire Theater
Friday, November 22 – Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall
Saturday, November 23 – Houston, Texas – The Heights Theater
Sunday, November 24 – Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theater

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