Michelle Taylor

À propos Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor is a solo artist and session player with a difference!

Originally from the UK Michelle moved to Sweden during the 80`s while in the middle of a successful career as a session musician.

Michelle toured all over Europe for many international artists on either drums or guitar (whatever was needed for that particular tour) often within the Country and Blues genre, appearing on many of the big festivals and TV shows of the countries she was touring in at the time.

During the 90´s she released a couple of albums (under a different artist name ) and had a song climb to #6 on the European country charts and was later inducted into the swedish nostalgia rock n roll hall of fame in 2013.

Michelle continues to do live session work with various bands and artists and performs regularly under her own name either with her blues band, as a solo artist or a number of other constellations.

Michelle gets a lot of attention for her unusual playing style which is a kind of bluesy rocky country picking, but that’s not the “thing”…. She does it while holding and playing the guitar left handed, but she actually has the guitar strung right handed !

“Im left handed and when I was young I lived out in the country. I had a beat up nylon strung guitar which I turned upside down and taught myself to play on that. This was in the days long before the internet so I didn’t know that I was doing anything “wrong” and that really I should swap the strings around.

It wasn’t until a year or so later that I met a “real guitarist” that told me I was playing it the wrong way around, but by that time I decided that I’d come too far to change, and so I just continued this way”.

During Michelles 34 years in the business she has either owned or used pretty much every major brand of amp on tours, gigs and sessions etc, and has finally found “The sound in her head” with Blackstar.

“When you are constantly using the gear on the road and you're throwing it into the back of vehicles etc, you need to be confident that it’s going to work every night and that it’s going to sound great.

Unlike many other things I've used over the years my Blackstar Artist amps have never let me down, and I love the clean warm pallet they offer to create upon”.

Michelle became very active in many of the online gear groups by recommending her Blackstar amps to people and she quickly became “the person to ask” on the subject and became known as “The Blackstar Girl” in many of these groups. The response became so big that she decided to create her own Facebook group ( The Blackstar Amp Appreciation Group ) where everyone that owns a Blackstar amps or wanted to know about them can get together to share info and discuss them.

When you are constantly using the gear, and you are throwing it into the back of vehicles etc you need to be confident that it’s going to work every night and that it’s going to sound great. Unlike many other things that I've used over the years my Blackstar Artist amps have never let me down, and I love the clean warm pallet my Artist amps offer to create upon. Not harsh and ear splitting like some other brands can be, but full, warm and clear. You get your real guitar into amp tone. Then its simply to add your pedals of preference to add your own spice or flavouring.

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