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Kansas City blues artist Samantha Fish packs her solo debut album with dexterous guitar work, confident vocals, and smart, tradition-rooted songwriting. Coming off a successful album and tour as part of the Girls with Guitars blues trio, this gifted 22-year-old displays skill and vision far beyond her years. Fish knows how to lay down heavy riffage without becoming overbearing; her menacing lead work on “Down in the Swamp” and her furious ZZ Top–like soloing in “Leavin’ Kind” show taste as well as toughness. She blends the right amount of playfulness and desperation in the title tune and stirs up a bittersweet mood on a wistful cover of Tom Petty’s “Louisiana Ride.” As a singer, Fish pulls off a host of vocal transformations, switching from midnight thrillseeker (“Otherside of the Bottle”) to kittenish jazz chanteuse (“Feelin’ Alright”) without straining credulity. “Push Comes to Shove” (a feisty duet with guitarist/producer Mike Zito) takes her into Bonnie Raitt blues/rock territory. Whether blazing away or burning sweet ‘n’ low, Fish proves she's a talent to watch.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kansas City blues artist Samantha Fish packs her solo debut album with dexterous guitar work, confident vocals, and smart, tradition-rooted songwriting. Coming off a successful album and tour as part of the Girls with Guitars blues trio, this gifted 22-year-old displays skill and vision far beyond her years. Fish knows how to lay down heavy riffage without becoming overbearing; her menacing lead work on “Down in the Swamp” and her furious ZZ Top–like soloing in “Leavin’ Kind” show taste as well as toughness. She blends the right amount of playfulness and desperation in the title tune and stirs up a bittersweet mood on a wistful cover of Tom Petty’s “Louisiana Ride.” As a singer, Fish pulls off a host of vocal transformations, switching from midnight thrillseeker (“Otherside of the Bottle”) to kittenish jazz chanteuse (“Feelin’ Alright”) without straining credulity. “Push Comes to Shove” (a feisty duet with guitarist/producer Mike Zito) takes her into Bonnie Raitt blues/rock territory. Whether blazing away or burning sweet ‘n’ low, Fish proves she's a talent to watch.

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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

HOMETOWN
Missouri
GENRE
Blues
BORN
January 30, 1989

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