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Samantha Fish will be performing on some of the most iconic stages in the United States. You can see her at Legendary Rhythm & Blues in Kansas City, The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in Cleveland, The Cutting Room in New York, and more! Samantha Fish will be packing the house at every venue, so don't miss out on your chance to see her live. Get your tickets today!
Born January 30, 1989, Samantha Fish is a blues singer-songwriter. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She began her musical education with the drums, but she switched to guitar when she was 15. She frequented the Knuckleheads Saloon to listen to touring blues musicians. A few years later, she was often found sitting in with the Knuckleheads performers. Some early influences of Fish's were Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In 2009, Fish cut and produced the album Live Bait. This concert release caught the ear of a talent company, who put her in contact with Ruf Records. The label put together an album with Fish and another two female blues musicians, Dani Wilde and Cassie Taylor, titled Girls with Guitars. The trio then toured with the Ruf Records Blues Caravan throughout Europe and the United States in 2011.
By this point, Fish had assembled the Samantha Fish Band, her backing group, consisting of bassist Chris Alexander and drummer Go-Go Ray. After touring the United States and Europe, Fish cut the album Runaway under the guidance of Mike Zito, her mentor. The album earned her the title of Best New Artist at the 2012 Blues Music Awards.
Fish guested on the 2013 album Turquoise by Devon Allman with a cover duet of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", originally sung by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. Also that year, Fish issued her second major studio set, Black Wind Howlin'. The album featured harpist Johnny Sansone, drummer Yonrico Scott, and Zito on guitar. Paul Thorn also contributed duet vocals to one track. The album was recorded in Maurice, Louisiana in Dockside Studios. Zito brought in Charlie Wooton and Scott, his bandmates from Royal Southern Brotherhood, to contribute to the sessions. Another of Fish's projects that year was an appearance on The Healers Live at Knuckleheads Saloon, which was documented for a CD/DVD release in collaboration with Kris and Danielle Schnebelen (brother and sister, formerly of Trampled Under Foot), Kate Moss, Reese Wynans, and Jimmy Hall. Proceeds of the album were donated to the Blue Star Connection.
Wild Heart, Fish's third studio full-length, was released in July of 2015. This album found the artist leaning more towards roots rock than her usual blues rock. She wrote five songs on the album, and co-wrote five other tunes in Nashville with Jim McCormick. The album was produced by Luther Dickinson, who also contributed several strings (lap steel, mandolin, bass, and guitar) to round out the studio sessions. Wild Heart was recorded across four studios: Ardent Studios and Royal Studios in Memphis, Blade Studios in Shreveport, and Zebra Ranch in Coldwater. Other musicians on the album are drummer Brady Blade, guitarist Lightnin' Malcolm, drummer Sharde Thomas, bassist Dominic Davis, backing vocalist Shontelle Norman-Beatty, and backing vocalist Risse Norman.
In addition to winning Best New Artist at the 2012 Blues Music Awards for her album Runaway, Samantha Fish has released two hugely successful blues albums: 2013's Black Wind Howlin' (number seven on Billboard's blues chart) and 2015's Wild Heart (which topped that chart).
Black Wind Howlin' was produced by Mark Zito, co-founder of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and features his bandmates Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton. Other guest artists include Bo Thomas, Johnny Sansone, and Paul Thorn. Suffice to say, Black Wind Howlin' is packed with some of the best modern blues talent today. Fish wrote or co-wrote 11 of the album's 12 cuts, but on "Who's Been Talking?", she nods to Howlin' Wolf in a harmonica-laden song that sounds less like a tribute and more like a classic in its own right. Meanwhile, a number of her original songs provide glimpses of Fish's own wide range of experience and influences. On the chirpy "Miles to Go", Fish sings lyrics that mesh seamlessly with the timeless theme of life on the road. The album's title cut and the country-inflected "Last September" similarly draw on the narrative traditions of classic blues as she sings of retribution and repentance.
Fish's 2015 album, Wild Heart, is her latest offering of deep American blues rock for the German label Ruf Records. Europeans have always been bigger fans of American blues than its native population – just ask Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, etc. – but one hopes that a musician as talented and charismatic as Fish could at least attract a big enough American market in which to release her latest gut-wrenching earthiness. Wild Heart is her third studio full-length, and it demonstrates her continual progression as a performer and a writer. Her songs are more tightly developed, and her playing increasingly incorporates nastier licks that cut and break off. Her powerful vocals aim for catharsis before she lets her axe take over. This approach may be due in part to producer Luther Dickinson, and it allows Fish to express herself more expansively than ever. Here, Dickinson also contributes various strings. Notables such as Risse Norman and Shontelle Norman-Beatty add backing vocals, and Brady Blade adds drums.
In the summer of 2013, Samantha Fish was called onstage to play with a doubtful Buddy Guy who, by the end of their set, was so impressed with her chops that he declared he could play all night.
As the lights go down, you will feel a tingling excitement as the increasingly accomplished Samantha Fish takes the stage. With a lifetime of musical passion and three notable studio albums under her belt, Samantha Fish has all of the energy, charisma, and soul needed to deliver an authentic blues rock experience straight to your ears. Prepare to be swept away by her killer guitar chops and aching vocals. You and your friends will be raving about her concert for days – don't miss out!
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