Multi-Award winning American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Samantha Fish, will release her new studio album ‘Belle of the West’ on Ruf Records on Friday 17th November 2017. The album will be supported by an 8-date UK tour that kicks off in Milton Keynes in November.
“You should always get outside of the box,” Samantha says while discussing her boundary-breaking new album. “Challenging yourself is how you grow.”
Belle Of The West
After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful performer. She has since released a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.
The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club”. They observed that she “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”
Samantha has made it clear that she’s more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumph. Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with Belle of the West, her fifth studio album. The deeply soulful 11-song set showcases Fish’s sublime acoustic guitar skills and her roots, emotionally resonant song writing.
“Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club”
Samantha recorded the album in the relaxed atmosphere of the Zebra Ranch Studios in the North Hills of Mississippi. Fish worked with producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-stars), who she worked previously on her 2015 album Wild Heart.
Samantha’s studio team included some of the region’s most iconoclastic musicians. Fish was joined by Dickinson, and the Jack White associate Lillie Mae, whose distinctive vocals feature on Nearing Home. The Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jumbo Mathus and the much-travelled juke-joint blues artist Lightnin’ Malcolm also feature. Upright bassist Amy LaVere, Tikyra Jackson, Trina Raimey and Shardé Thomas, granddaughter of legendary bluesman Otha Turner complete the team.
“I wanted to do this acoustic-electric record, and tap into the style and swagger of Mississippi,” Fish states. She added, “Any time you dive into another place, another vibe and a new group of people, you’re challenging yourself to grow musically. I felt very at home a Zebra Ranch, and I’ve known Luther and Malcolm for years, so it was a very comfortable situation. When you’re making a record like this, it has to feel natural if you want people to respond to it.
More details of where you can purchase ‘Belle Of The West’ will be available soon. You can find Samantha Fish’s latest tour dates by checking out our Gig Calendar.
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