This week we heard the news that Joanne Shaw Taylor has been putting the finishing touches to her forthcoming album Reckless Heart, which is planned for an early 2019 release.

In the meantime, Joanne Shaw Taylor is currently closing out 2018 with an extensive UK tour in support of her critically acclaimed album Wild. Taylor’s Kevin Shirley collaboration is arguably her best studio album to date.

Subsequently, JST has been touring relentlessly on both sides of the pond in support of the release. Tonight she makes a welcome return to the North East of England for a show at the ARC in Stockton. Taylor is no stranger to this area, having played in this very room several times prior.

Taking to the stage in front of a packed out Teesside crowd, Joanne wastes no time in delving into her latest offering with both the emphatic “Dyin’ To Know” and the incredibly infectious “Nothin’ To Lose” kicking off the proceedings.

Joanne Shaw Taylor has surrounded herself with outstanding musicians in her now seasoned touring band. Former King King keyboard player Bob Fridzema continues to make a valuable contribution to the band alongside Taylor’s powerhouse rhythm section featuring long-standing bass player Luigi Casanova and drummer Oliver Perry.

Taylor transports the crowd to blues heaven with a funky rendition of “Jump That Train”, her incredible take on “Bones” by The Hoax and blues standard “Time Has Come” from her debut album White Sugar. The latter of which being one of the many highlights of the show. Part way through the number Fridzema takes his moment in the spotlight with an epic Hammond solo.

This evening Joanne Shaw Taylor looks to be enjoying the show just as much as the audience; her infectious smile beaming throughout. Despite the recent announcement regarding Reckless Heart, Taylor opts to keep her newest material under wraps for the time being.

Of course, many old favourites feature in the show including the likes of the soulful “Diamonds in the Dirt”, an uplifting rendition of “Just Another Word” along with the hard-hitting blues-rock number “Struck Down”. This evening Joanne Shaw Taylor lights up the stage all night long with her blistering playing. Each number is greeted with rapturous applause.

Taylor closes out the show with her groove-heavy, fingerpicking blues number “Going Home” and the hard rocking “Mud Honey”, which in turn leaves the crowd wanting more.

On the strength of tonight’s performance, it’s fair to say that Joanne Shaw Taylor is in the form of her life right now. We look forward to more of what is to come when Reckless Heart receives it’s eagerly anticipated release next year.

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Event Date: 05-Oct-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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