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Samantha Fish

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3:00 AM

Belle of the WestRuf Records / Release Date: November 3, 2017You should always get outside of the box, Samantha Fish says while discussing her boundary-breaking new album Belle of the West. Challenging yourself is how you grow.After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha Fish quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing 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 genres most promising young talents. Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club and observed that the young artist displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.Having already made it clear that shes more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumphs, Samantha Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with Belle of the West, her fifth studio album. The deeply soulful, personally charged 11-song set showcases Fishs sublime acoustic guitar skills as well as her rootsy, emotionally resonant songwriting.Such memorable new originals as American Dream, Blood in the Water, Need You More and Dont Say You Love Me demonstrate the artists knack for organic Americana songcraft, while a trio of cover tunesR.L. Burnsides Poor Black Mattie, Lillie Maes Nearing Home and the Jimbo Mathus-penned title trackattest to her substantial interpretive skills as well as her varied musical interests.To me, this is a natural progression, Fish notes. Its a storytelling record by a girl who grew up in the Midwest. Its very personal. I really focused on the songwriting and vocals, the melodies and emotion, and on bringing another dimension to what I do. I wasnt interested in shredding on guitar, although we ended up with a few heavier tracks. I love Mississippi blues; theres something very soulful and very real about that style of music, so this was a chance to immerse myself in that.Fish recorded Belle of the West in the relaxed, rural creative atmosphere of the legendary Zebra Ranch Studios in the North Hills of Mississippi with producer Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars fame), with whom she worked previously on her 2015 album Wild Heart. The studio team included some of the regions most iconoclastic musicians, including Dickinson, solo artist and Jack White associate Lillie Mae (whose distinctive vocals are featured on Nearing Home), much-traveled juke-joint blues artist Lightnin Malcolm (whose featured on Poor Black Mattie), Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus, upright bassist and beloved solo artist Amy LaVere, Tikyra Jackson, Trina Raimey and Shard Thomas, granddaughter of the legendary Southern bluesman Otha Turner.I wanted to do this acoustic-electric record, and tap into the style and swagger of Mississippi, Fish states, adding, Any time you dive into another place, another vibe and a new group of people, youre challenging yourself to grow musically. I felt very at home a Zebra Ranch, and Ive known Luther and Malcolm for years, so it was a very comfortable situation. When youre making a record like this, it has to feel natural if you want people to respond to it.Belle of the West follows on the heels of Fishs March 2017 release Chills & Fever, which achieved top 10 status in the Billboard Blues charts. Here she expanded her stylistic arsenal to take on a set of lesser-known vintage R&B gems, with help from members of garage-soul stalwarts the Detroit Cobras. Having these two very different records come out back to back this year has been really liberating, says Samantha.The creative drive that fuels Belle of

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