Diamonds in the Dirt is the exciting new album by British artist Joanne Shaw Taylor, a rising star on the international blues scene. The 18 months since the release of her debut White Sugar have seen that recording receive a nomination as Best New Artist Debut at the 2010 Blues Music Awards and become the most successful debut ever on Ruf Records. Taylor's latest release reunites her with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and the same team of studio pros that made White Sugar such an infectious pleasure.
When Dave Stewart had his big experience, Joanne Shaw Taylor was only 16. Her skills at the Telecaster were so perfect that the blues fan and Eurythmics-frontman asked her to join his supergroup D.U.P. to tour Europe in 2002. She was also offered a record contract but the label went bust. Today Joanne is 23 and happy about the fact that she took her time with the recording debut: "I wanted to take time out to really work on my craft and make sure that when I did an album it was the best that I could do."
Robin Leonard Trower is an English rock guitarist and vocalist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, and then again as the bandleader of his own power trio. Highly anticipated as his first new studio album since 2013’s critically acclaimed Roots And Branches, Robin Trower’s Something’s About To Change, released by Manhaton/V12 Records on 9th March 2015 - the same day as his 70th birthday. The new album coincides with Trower’s nationwide 17-date UK tour with special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor that kicks off on 26th March 2015.
Young Gifted & Blues CD compilation contains 15 tracks featured by The Strypes, Ginger St James, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Krissy Matthews, Danny Giles, The Mentulls and more.
Impressive debut recording. Meena hails from Austria. She sings without any accent. She's got plenty of feeling in her singing, she can wail, she can shout and whisper. Meena's onstage power and authentic voice have aroused interest in blues aficionados around the globe. Her approach to music is something special, powered by her desire to deliver her art. Excellent. The recordings were supervised by Jim Gaines in Memphis. Special guests: Joanne Shaw Taylor, Eric Sardinas, Erja Lyytinen, Coco Montoya, etc. Producer legend Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Santana,…) once praised Meena Cryle as „one of the best singers I`ve worked with in 20 years. She is what we call in the business an `old soul`. She`s got the voice and she`s got the passion…“