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Blues musician proves she's Hot Stuff
Midland blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor was so smokin' hot at one of her current UK tour shows the venue had to be evacuated.

Fans at Manchester's Royal College of Music were ushered from the building when a fire alarm was triggered during the gig. According to reports, when the performance resumed the Black Country star cheekily played the track Watch 'em Burn from her White Sugar album.

Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Dirty Truth
Burnin' Down the House: Joanne Shaw Taylor (pic: Stephen Fourie)

The tour reaches Birmingham Town Hall on November 15 – whether the audience ends up outside because of a fire alert remains to be seen!

The shows are promoting Joanne's new album, The Dirty Truth, which reunites her with Jim Gaines who produced her 2008 debut White Sugar.

"I wanted to go back into the studio in Memphis with Jim to retain the same vibe that we captured on the first album," says Joanne who was brought up in Solihull. "The new album is a combination of rock and blues and I think it's an exciting collaboration. Hopefully, my fans will love the rockier edge."

Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Dirty Truth
Rocky edge: Joanne Shaw Taylor (pic: Rob Monk)

Joanne last played Birmingham Town Hall 12 months ago to coincide with her live Songs From The Road album, recorded at London's Borderline.

"That night was just really good fun," she reflects, "and I think that translates on the album.

"We wanted to do it in London and the reason for picking The Borderline was because I wanted something small and intimate. I grew up being inspired by those small Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins club gigs and I wanted to have that same 'everyone-packed-in-like-sardines' vibe – as opposed to a big production and losing some of that intimacy."

Following the release of White Sugar Joanne raised her profile by supporting Black Country Communion and honing her craft on 2010's Diamonds In The Dirt. This second album was recorded quickly but proved to be another step up.

"It's the dreaded second album curse,'' she grins. ''You have ten years to do the first one, and ten days to do the second!"

Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Dirty Truth
Time to smile: Joanne Shaw Taylor (pic: Al Stuart)

Since then Joanne has broken into the notoriously hard-to-crack US market and been seen by 17 million viewers playing an angel-winged solo during Annie Lennox's set at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert.

That same summer gave us the album Almost Always Never, followed in 2013 by Songs From The Road and The Dirty Truth in 2014.

Joanne Shaw Taylor's remaining UK tour dates:

Nov 12: Exeter Corn Exchange;
Nov 13: Falmouth Princess Pavilion;
Nov 14: Salisbury City Hall;
Nov 15: Birmingham Town Hall;
Nov 18: Cardiff The Globe;
Nov 19: London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire;
Nov 20: Bury St Edmunds The Apex.

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Why? Smokin' hot blues guitarist introduces her new album
When: November 15, 2014
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Town Hall, Birmingham
Cost: £17.50 plus fees
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