The Blues used to be dominated by ‘old/dead black guys’, but if you look around the scene today, there are an awful lot of ‘young blonde women’, which says a lot for how our music has broadened its appeal. Susan Tedeschi, Anna Popovic, Shannon Curfman and Joanne Shaw Taylor are being followed by younger Blues players like Chantel McGregor, Jo Harman, Dani Wilde and Samantha Fish and who knows how many more. These last two went on tour together a couple of years ago to great acclaim, and both have gone on to solo careers, with many Festival spots and prestigious gigs coming their way.
Samantha plays ‘Lay it Down’ from her new album;
A heavy schedule of club dates and Festival appearances spread the word about Samantha’s talents among fans on both sides of the Atlantic. One of Samantha’s early heroes, Mike Zito of The Royal Southern Brotherhood, had produced ‘Runaway’ and when the time came for Samantha’s next album, ‘Black Wind Howlin’, he contributed his slide-guitar and production skills as well as the services of drummer Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton from The Brotherhood, along with guest harp player Johnny Sansone. Again Samantha wrote most of the songs, which range from hard rockers to just a girl and her acoustic guitar pouring out her soul, and she also manages to capture a glimpse of life on the road in ‘Miles to Go’. There is going to be a lot more of that as she tours to publicise the album, and a dozen Festival dates are already in the diary for this year. You shouldn’t miss the chance to experience this fine artist, with a big future in front of her.