“Everything I do is rooted in blues” ~Samantha Fish
Samantha Fish may be Artistic Echoes’ 2018 Blues Artist Of The Year, but her musicianship goes far beyond the blues genre. From Chills & Fever, her soulful, obscure, 60’s R&B covers album, to the stripped-down, raw and emotional, Belle Of The West, it’s clear Samantha can’t be leashed to one genre. Releasing both albums in 2017 was a risk that paid off, demonstrating the breadth of her songwriting and performing talent.
That wasn’t the first time Samantha has taken a risk that paid off. In 2009, she recorded and produced her first album, Live Bait, with her group the Samantha Fish Blues Band. The album caught the attention of Tina Terry at Piedmont Talent Agency, who recommended Samantha to Ruf Records for their upcoming Girls With Guitars project. The label immediately signed her and in 2011, Samantha, along with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, toured throughout the U.S. and Europe on the Ruf Records Blues Caravan.
Her first solo album, Runaway, released in 2011 with producer Mike Zito, won her the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist in 2012. The album included nine originals and an amazing countrified-blues cover of Tom Petty’s “Louisiana Rain.”
In 2013, Samantha appeared on Devon Allman’s Turquoise album, in a soul-gripping duet cover of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty’s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” The video, directed by Mark Bergeron and produced by Art Reed and filmed at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans, now has well over 100K views and is a must-see. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJmPa1ci6NI.
All this is quite convincing, but if you want absolute proof as to why Samantha Fish is so deserving of this year’s Blues Artist Of The Year award, go see her perform live! We love the spirited songwriting and silky voice in her studio work, but you haven’t seen the true extent of Samantha’s talent until you’ve seen her perform live! She’s powerful, exuberant and unrestrained on stage. Whether she’s jamming on her homemade cigar-box or her custom Delaney “Fish-o-caster” guitar, whether she’s singing into a microphone or a megaphone, Samantha’s live performances always leave her fans exhilarated, breathless and wanting more.
When asked about her upcoming tour dates in the UK, Samantha says, “I love touring the UK. I’m sure I sound like a lot of Americans when I say, ’I love London’. We’ve played some cool places, recently The Borderline. I love shows that are packed, sweaty, energetic rock ‘n roll shows.“
Countless awards, five studio albums and her own label (Wildheart Records) later, Samantha just inked a deal with Rounder Records and plans to release a new album in late spring or early summer of 2019, accompanied by an extensive tour of the U.S. and Europe. Click here for tour dates: https://www.samanthafish.com/tour.
Congratulations Samantha Fish, on this well-deserved award. We here at Artistic Echoes wish you even more success in the coming new year!