Samantha Fish is best known as a young, sassy Blues guitarist. She’s been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy Rock ‘n’ roll. “I grew up on it,” she insists. “Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realise just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into Soul, 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 this March), Fish ventured off in another new direction, one she was exploring for the first time in her career. She travelled 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 1960s 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 pure 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 RL 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 straightforward.”
Growing up in Kansas City, Samantha Fish switched from drums to guitar at the tender age of fifteen. She spent much of her time in local watering holes listening to visiting Blues artists. 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 well reaping 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.
Friday 24th November, 2017, 7pm-10:00pm
(Playing times to follow)
Orange Yard, Manette St,
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