12 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Samantha Fish won the Best New Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards for her 2011 album Runaway, and the Kansas City blueswoman also added her vocals to Devon Allman’s cover of the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks classic “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” for his 2013 album Turquoise. Royal Southern Brotherhood co-founder Mike Zito helped produce Fish's debut album and returns to work his magic on this follow-up, Black Wind Howlin’. Brotherhood bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott join Paul Thorn, Johnny Sansone, and Bo Thomas to fill out the backing band. From there, Fish leads them to some genuine and nasty places with her talents as a blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter, from the hard-rocking “Miles to Go” to the dirty guitars of “Go to Hell” and “Sucker Born.” For an acoustic touch, the ballad “Over You” delivers convincingly. “Lay It Down” nails a sultry groove that shows why Fish has garnered respect in the blues community. “Last September” explores genuine country music with her strong and empathetic vocals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Samantha Fish won the Best New Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards for her 2011 album Runaway, and the Kansas City blueswoman also added her vocals to Devon Allman’s cover of the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks classic “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” for his 2013 album Turquoise. Royal Southern Brotherhood co-founder Mike Zito helped produce Fish's debut album and returns to work his magic on this follow-up, Black Wind Howlin’. Brotherhood bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott join Paul Thorn, Johnny Sansone, and Bo Thomas to fill out the backing band. From there, Fish leads them to some genuine and nasty places with her talents as a blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter, from the hard-rocking “Miles to Go” to the dirty guitars of “Go to Hell” and “Sucker Born.” For an acoustic touch, the ballad “Over You” delivers convincingly. “Lay It Down” nails a sultry groove that shows why Fish has garnered respect in the blues community. “Last September” explores genuine country music with her strong and empathetic vocals.

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About Samantha Fish

A blues musician from Kansas City, Missouri, Samantha Fish impressed industry professionals as a teenager before scoring her first Billboard blues number one in her mid-twenties. Fish grew up in a musical family with a variety of genres, including a steady diet of classic rock radio. Her father played guitar and would sometimes jam with friends at the family house. Young Samantha started out as a drummer but switched to guitar at the age of 15. As a teen, she would sneak into local blues landmark the Knuckleheads Saloon to hear touring musicians, and began sitting in with them from time to time after she became legal at 18.

In 2009, Fish recorded the live album Live Bait as the Samantha Fish Blues Band, and the rock-edged guitar work brought her to the attention of Ruf Records. The label featured her alongside Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on the 2011 release Girls with Guitars, which featured covers of the Rolling Stones and the Steve Miller Band as well as original material from the three guitarist/singer/songwriters. Later that same year, Fish released her solo debut, Runaway, also with Ruf Records. It was produced by mentor and frequent collaborator Mike Zito.

She saw her first chart success with her sophomore LP, Black Wind Howlin', also produced by Zito. It hit the Billboard Heatseekers chart and reached the Top Ten of the blues albums chart upon release in 2013. She followed it with Wild at Heart in 2015, which became a blues number one. In 2017, she returned with her fourth studio album, Chills & Fever, recorded in Detroit with members of the Detroit Cobras. ~ Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    Missouri
  • GENRE
    Blues
  • BORN
    January 30, 1989

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