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Samantha Fish

Aug 12, Saturday - 5:15pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Samantha Fish is a well-known purveyor of the blues who’s been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, though her love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll.

Growing up in Kansas City, Fish 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, and eventually  caught the attention of Ruf Records, who released her album, Girls with Guitars, co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde.

Girls with Guitars inspired her to form her own trio, which led to three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015). She earned a Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards. While recording these albums, she found herself working with artists like Jimmy Hall, Devon Allman, and Reese Wynans among others.

When it came time to record her latest, Chills & Fever, Fish ventured in a new direction. She travled 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. 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.

As she says of this latest project, “nothing ever felt so authentic.”

Growing up in Kansas City, Fish 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, and eventually  caught the attention of Ruf Records, who released her album, Girls with Guitars, co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde.

Girls with Guitars inspired her to form her own trio, which led to three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015). She earned a Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards. While recording these albums, she found herself working with artists like Jimmy Hall, Devon Allman, and Reese Wynans among others.

When it came time to record her latest, Chills & Fever, Fish ventured in a new direction. She travled 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. 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.

As she says of this latest project, “nothing ever felt so authentic.”


Personnel

Samantha Fish, guitar and vocals Chris Alexander, bass Kenny Tudrick, drums Phil Breen, keyboards Travis Blotsky, saxophone Mark Levron, trumpet

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