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  • Samantha Fish
  • Biography

    Whether one leans towards the blues, opts for Americana or ignites some special fervor by playing with a garage band, there’s a common bond that suggests a reverence for the roots. Looking back towards an earlier template — no matter what the genre — proves the point that appreciating what came before can be a stepping stone for what comes next.
    Samantha Fish knows that all too well, and it’s been evidenced in the music she’s made her entire career. While she’s well known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll. “I grew up on it,” she insists. “Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realize just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into soul music, R&B, country and so many other forms of music that are essential even today.”
    It’s little wonder then that when it came time to record her new album, Chills & Fever (released March 17, 2017), Fish ventured off in another new direction, one she was exploring for the first time in her career. She traveled to Detroit and joined forces with members of the Detroit Cobras, a band whose insurgent ethic has made them darlings of the Midwest punk/blues scene. The two entities — which included Joe Mazzola on guitar, Steve Nawara on bass, and Kenny Tudrick along with Bob Mervak on keys, and the New Orleans horn section featuring Mark Levron and Travis Blotsky on trumpet and saxophone — bonded over a common love of classic soul and rollicking rhythms, so much so that the results testify to a seemingly timeless template. Covering songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s — indelible melodies from the pens of legends like Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Berns and Allen Toussaint — and revisiting some earlier demos she cut along with producer Bobby Harlow, Fish and the Cobras created an album that’s best described as a pure slab of rocking rhythm n’ blues.
    “I listened to a lot of soul music, and I dug deep into people like Otis Redding and Ray Charles,” Fish recalls. “I was also influenced by people like R.L. Burnside and North Mississippi’s Junior Kimbrough. It’s a lot less restrained style of music than the sound people may be used to hearing from me, but it’s definitely a different facet of my personality. It’s far more straight forward.”
    The fact is, Fish has never been bound by any expectations whatsoever. Growing up in Kansas City, she switched from drums to guitar at the tender age of 15. She spent much of her time in local watering holes listening to visiting blues bands. Samantha caught the attention of Ruf Records. The label subsequently released her album, Girls with Guitars, which found her co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. That led to her forming her own trio and recording three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015), as reaping an awards for Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Along the way she found herself working with other artists as well — Jimmy Hall, Devon Allman, and Reese Wynans, among them.
    Still, nothing she’s done before can prepare her faithful fans and followers to the seminal sounds of Chills & Fever.
    I don’t think I ever enjoyed making a record quite as much as I enjoyed making this one,” Fish insists. “I love the sound of the brass and the edgier intensity. One thing’s for sure. Nothing ever felt so authentic.”

  • Music


    Samantha Fish
    Chills & Fever
    Original Release Date: March 17, 2017
    Label: Ruf Records

    1. He Did It
    2. Chills & Fever
    3. Hello Stranger
    4. It’s Your Voodoo Working
    5. Hurts All Gone
    6. You Can’t Go
    7. Either Way I Lose
    8. Never Gonna Cry
    9. Nearer To You
    10. You’ll Never Change
    11. Crow Jane

    Samantha Fish
    Wild Heart
    Original Release Date: July 10, 2015
    Label: Ruf Records

    1. Road Runner
    2. Place to Fall
    3. Blame it on the Moon
    4. Highway’s Holding Me Now
    5. Go Home
    6. Jim Lee Blues Pt. 1
    7. Turn It Up
    8. Show Me
    9. Lost Myself
    10. Wild Heart
    11. Bitch on the Run
    12. I’m In Love With You

    Samantha Fish
    Black Wind Howlin’
    Original Release Date: September 10, 2013
    Label: Ruf Records

    1. Miles to Go
    2. Kick Around
    3. Go to Hell
    4. Sucker Born
    5. Over You
    6. Who’s Been Talking
    7. Lay It Down
    8. Let’s Have Some Fun
    9. Heartbreaker
    10. Foolin’ Me
    11. Black Wind Howlin’
    12. Last September

  • Web Site and Media Links


    www.samanthafish.com
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Fish
    https://www.facebook.com/samanthafishmusic/
    http://www.songkick.com/artists/2865936-samantha-fish
    https://www.last.fm/music/Samantha+Fish
    https://www.amazon.com/Samantha-Fish/e/B004RSZ6T6
    https://twitter.com/Samantha_Fish





  • Early Life and Education


    Samantha Fish grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Fish started out playing drums, but when she was 15 she switched to the guitar. Fish frequently went to the Knuckleheads Saloon to hear touring Blues artists. After turning 18, she often joined in with the singers and bands who were performing at Knuckleheads. Early influences on Fish were Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow. Stevie Ray Vaughan was also a major influence on her.
    Career
    In 2009, Fish recorded and produced Live Bait. The live album attracted the attention of a talent company, who recommended her to Ruf Records. Ruf Records put together a record with Fish and two other female blues artists, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, titled Girls with Guitars. The three guitarists then toured on the Ruf Records 2011 Blues Caravan in the U.S. and Europe.
    Fish continued touring with the Samantha Fish Band, featuring "Go-Go Ray" Pollard on drums and Chris Alexander on bass, playing in Europe and the United States. In 2011, Fish recorded Runaway with the help of her mentor Mike Zito. The album won the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist.Fish appeared on Devon Allman's 2013 album Turquoise in a duet covering the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks' song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".[4] During the summer of 2013, Fish was called up on stage to play with a skeptical Buddy Guy who was so impressed with her playing on the guitar, he declared with a beaming smile to his audience, "When this kind of shit happens, I'll play all night!" In 2013, Fish released her second major studio album, Black Wind Howlin', featuring Mike Zito on guitar, Yonrico Scott on drums, Johnny Sansome on harmonica, and Paul Thorn, vocal duet on one track.[2] The album was recorded in Dockside Studios, in Maurice, Louisiana. Mike Zito's bandmates from his group Royal Southern Brotherhood, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton, were brought in to assist in the session recordings.
    Also in 2013, Fish appeared on The Healers Live at Knuckleheads Saloon, producing a CD/DVD collaboration with Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Kate Moss, and Danielle and Kris Schnebelen (sister and brother, formerly of the band Trampled Under Foot). Proceeds benefit the Blue Star Connection. The Healers occasionally perform together as their schedule permits.
    Fish's third studio album, Wild Heart was released on July 10, 2015. The new album is more roots rock than her earlier blues rock.[citation needed] Fish wrote five songs on the record. She co-wrote five other songs with Jim McCormick in Nashville, Tennessee. Luther Dickinson produced the album, as well as played various stringed instruments (guitar, bass, mandolin, lap steel) to flesh out the sound. The album was recorded in four studios, Royal Studios and Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, Zebra Ranch in Coldwater, Mississippi, and Blade Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. Other musicians on the record are Brady Blade (drums), Lightnin' Malcolm (guitar), Shardé Thomas (drums), Dominic Davis (bass), Shontelle Norman-Beatty (background vocals), and Risse Norman (background vocals).
    Fish released her fourth solo album, Chills & Fever on March 17, 2017.[8] The album was recorded in Detroit and was recorded with members of the band The Detroit Cobras. Bobby Harlow produced the album.

  • Awards

    Fish has won the following awards: Best New Artist Debut – 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis





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