Blues rocker Joanne Shaw Taylor wowed the City Winery audience in Chicago.

The last time Joanne Shaw Taylor was in Chicago was opening for Glenn Hughes at Reggies. Tonight she took top billing, with a large portion of the audience made up of those who had caught her last show, coming back desperate for another dose. 

It takes guts coming to Chicago to play the blues, but Joanne proves once again that she more than has the chops. She is greeted with an extremely appreciative audience who cheer throughout, shouting “we love you!” The energy in the room is contagious, as Joanne’s smile is reciprocated throughout the room.

The chemistry on stage is highly evident between Joanne, Luigi Cassanova (bass) and Oliver Perry (drums). Their timing is on point throughout the night, producing a very tight performance. Usually, there would be a fourth member of the band, keyboard player Bob Fridzema, who is unable to join his bandmates on the US leg of the tour due to visa issues. It was for this reason that they only performed one song (“No Reason To Stay”) from the most recent album, Wild, and instead favored songs from The Dirty Truth.

The older setlist did not hinder the show one bit. “Diamonds In The Dirt” erupted into a rip-roaring solo which had the audience on their feet for a standing ovation. The audience fell silent for the quieter solo of “Time Has Come” which received a number of cheers as it ended with its crescendo.

For a three-piece band, their sound more than filled the room, with Joanne’s Gibson and Telecaster being at the forefront. You can’t help but be mesmerized by her performance. Her heartfelt and very personal lyrics, teamed with that incredible voice, and not forgetting some of the tastiest riffs you will hear, make for a truly electric performance. It’s no wonder there were so many standing ovations throughout the night.

Shouts for “one more song” were unfortunately unmet, but the audience still left more than happy with the fantastic show they had the pleasure of enjoying.

The tour continues on throughout March so be sure to catch her at a city near you. Check here for upcoming dates.

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Event Date: 06-MAR-2018

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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