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Blues Artist Samantha Fish Interview

Interview and Concert Review of Samantha Fish, Schmitts Saloon, Morgantown, WV, USA, October 7, 2017

By Daniel Locke
Samantha Fish  (credit: Dan Locke)

Samantha Fish grew up in Kansas City, Missouri to a musical family with a variety of genres; including a steady diet of classic rock radio. Her father played guitar and would sometimes jam with friends at the family house. Fish started out playing drums, but at 15 switched to the guitar. Fish frequently went to the Knuckleheads Saloon (a music venue in Kansas City, Missouri.) to hear touring Blues artists. Upon turning 18, she would often join in with the musicians who were performing at Knuckleheads.

In 2009, Samantha Fish recorded the live album Live Bait as “The Samantha Fish Blues Band,” The rock-edged guitar work brought her to the attention of Ruf Records. The label featured her alongside Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on the 2011 release “Girls with Guitars,” which featured covers of the Rolling Stones and the Steve Miller Band, as well as other original material from the three guitarist/singer/songwriters. Later that same year, Fish released her solo debut, “Runaway,” with Ruf Records. Which was produced by mentor and frequent collaborator Mike Zito.

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