Joanne Shaw Taylor Unveils New Album “Heavy Soul” and Announces Fall Tour

Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor has released her new studio album, Heavy Soul, available now through Journeyman Records. The album, recorded at the historic RCA studios just before its closure, is a testament to Taylor’s reverence for musical history. “I love the history – it seemed like the natural place to come back to. It’s been a wonderful album to make,” Taylor shares. You can stream Heavy Soul now.

With endorsements from legends like Stevie Wonder and Annie Lennox, Taylor’s Heavy Soul seamlessly blends contemporary soul-pop with traditional blues. The album’s latest single, “Drowning In A Sea Of Love,” inspired by Eva Cassidy’s rendition of Joe Simon’s 1971 R&B hit, exemplifies the album’s theme of exploring emotional depths. Producer Kevin Shirley introduced the track to Taylor, and it perfectly captures her blend of blues and soul.

Heavy Soul marks a significant milestone in Taylor’s career, showcasing her evolution from pure blues to a more nuanced soul-pop sound. Following the heartfelt single “Change of Heart,” the album features Taylor’s expressive vocals and guitar prowess on tracks like “Devil In Me,” “A Good Goodbye,” the title track “Heavy Soul,” and a soul-stirring cover of Joan Armatrading’s “All The Way From America.”

Critics have praised Taylor for her raw talent and authenticity on Heavy Soul. Glide Magazine described it as her “most complete ‘triple threat’ effort yet,” while Blues Matters called it “an unforgettable sonic experience, solidifying Joanne’s place as a dynamic force in the music world.” Rock and Blues Muse celebrated her return to her passionate sound, stating, “With the exciting Heavy Soul, Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to the passionate sound that brought her fame.”

Following a successful U.S. spring tour, Joanne Shaw Taylor will embark on “The Heavy Soul” U.S. Tour this fall, promising an electrifying experience with songs from Heavy Soul and fan favourites.

CD Track Listing:

  1. Sweet ‘Lil Lies
  2. All The Way From America
  3. Black Magic
  4. Drowning In A Sea Of Love
  5. A Good Goodbye
  6. Heavy Soul
  7. Wild Love
  8. Someone Like You
  9. Devil In Me
  10. Change Of Heart

Summer 2024 Tour Dates:
Saturday, June 15 – Aurora, IL – RiverEdge Park
Saturday, June 29 – Poortugaal, NL – Muziek of 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 at 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

“The Heavy Soul” U.S. Tour:
Wednesday, October 23 – Carmel, IN – The Palladium
Thursday, October 24 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
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 Theatre
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 Theatre
Wednesday, November 6 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theatre
Thursday, November 7 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Friday, November 8 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa
Wednesday, November 13 – Cerritos, CA – Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts
Thursday, November 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Sunday, November 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre OKC
Tuesday, November 19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Wednesday, November 20 – San Antonio, TX – Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
Friday, November 22 – Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall
Saturday, November 23 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
Sunday, November 24 – Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre

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