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Images of smoldering love and blazing destruction fill these songs — but the real heat comes from Taylor’s guitar work. Still in her early 20s, this gifted Britisher unleashes torrid riffs with a ferocity and confidence that players twice her age might envy. Diamonds In the Dirt is an often compelling showcase for both her fluent instrumental touch and her breathy, whiskey-seared vocal style. Taylor’s self-penned tunes are as much rooted in late-‘60s hard rock as classic blues — tracks like “Can’t Keep Living Like This,” “Jump That Train” and “Let It Burn” are muscular and aggressive musically, tormented and yearning lyrically. “World On Fire” mixes things up with a funky groove, while the title tune slinks in a sultry R&B direction. Taylor receives tight, sympathetic support from keyboardist Rick Steff, bassist Dave Smith and drummer Steve Potts, all veteran blues players. “The World and Its Way” (a tenderly bruised love song that recalls Danny Kirwan-era Fleetwood Mac) closes the album on a simmering and satisfying note.

Customer Reviews

Outstanding Artist!!

The review above is off the mark. Condescending comments about one of the few truly great new blues guitarists around just don't have any value here. A little-bit-alot sexist I'm thinking. The reality is that this woman from the UK knocks everyone's socks off and she belongs in Clapton's next Crossroads right up there with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Joanne you are fantastic. This is a fine album.

Auntie Jo!!!!!

This album is amazing...wonderful voice....shredding as usual. I still can't believe she is mid-20's. She an amazing artist and crazy to see live. Much success to you Jo! We love you over here!!!

Great follow-up to White Sugar!

This is an excellent album by a very talented musican. I'm so glad I discovered Joanne's music here on iTunes. She's more talented than all the Pop princesses put together and after meeting her at a gig this summer I can honestly say she's a very nice and humble person. I like this record equally as much as her debut "White Sugar" for different reasons. Buy it!


Genre: Blues

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Joanne Shaw Taylor embodies all the elements of modern blues, even if she sings with a distinctively British accent. Given her extraordinary dexterity as a guitarist and well-developed vocal chops, Taylor was already a sensation on the blues festival circuit in both the U.S. and Great Britain while only in her mid-twenties. She caught the blues bug as a young teenager growing up in the Birmingham area. She heard guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, and Jimi Hendrix and knew then that was...
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