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Interview:
Blues woman Joanne Shaw Taylor entering new era of her career
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, www.facebook.com/garygraffonmusic

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Joanne Shaw Taylor says she views her upcoming live album, "Songs From the Road" -- recorded in her native England and due out Nov. 12 -- as a kind of ending of an era.

"I think it's a kind of psychological thing," says Taylor, 27, who was discovered by Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and has released three previous studio albums. "I lost my mom at the beginning of this year, so it's been quite a hectic year personally and professionally. So I think it does feel like the end or a wrapping up or something, maybe because I'm approaching it that way and need it to be -- but not in a bad way.

"I haven't really stopped since my mom passed away. I've got time off coming up in December and January, so I want to take time to reflect on the past four years -- what we did right, what could have been done better and take some time to figure out where I want to go next. Occasionally these moments come up in life and it's good to reevaluate stuff and reassess where you're at."

Taylor -- who splits her time between Detroit and England -- says that "Songs From the Road" will at least "wrap up" its three predecessors, but she adds that the best part of doing it was to show off how the songs have grown and evolved from their studio counterparts.

"When you write a song and go into the studio, you figure out the quickest way to make it sound good for the record," she explains. "But when you've had a chance to tour it for two years, three years, whatever, you tend to play a lot more energetic, and it benefits from having that time on the road to develop.

"I think there's a lot of that on this album. It's an interesting snapshot for me to see how far I've come over the years and what I'm capable of doing."

Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Lamb & the Detroit Breakdown perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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