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Samantha Fish - Runaway

RUF Records

10 tracks/47:00

Samantha Fish has gotten a lot of airplay and recognition as part of the “Girls With Guitars” along with bandmates Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. They are a fun group with a hot record, and now we have this 22 year old gal from Kansas City with her solo release showing what she’s made of. Fish wrote 8 of the tracks, co-wrote another with producer Mike Zito, and covers Tom Petty’s “Lousiana Rain”. If you like hot guitar licks and a fresh female voice, you can’t go wrong here. While her voice lacks a lot of power, she makes up for that with tons of emotion. Her guitar work is outstanding and is not overdone. She pulls off a great solo effort here, supported by Cassie Taylor on bass and Jamie Litte on drums; bare bones but a big, big sound.

Fish opens with “Down In The Swamp”, which drips of hot sauce and greasy fritters. A wickedly hot guitar line is excellent and Fish shows off her stuff from the start. The title track is a hot little boogie number, and it swings and rocks. Zito accompanies Fish on the cut he co-wrote, and he appears on it too; “Push Comes to Shove” is a tidy and well done song with a good duet between these young artists. The vocal sparring is hot and the guitars are impeccable.

She shows her stuff on the slow cuts like “Today’s My Day” and “Money to Burn” and is able to deliver a tasteful performance. She unleashes her “wa wa” on “Leavin’ Kind” and it is a fun and rocking romp. She gets her country dander up on “Soft and Slow” and “Otherside of the Bottle” along with the Petty cover. Nicely done stuff- she shows a lot of variety in these 10 tracks. She closes all soft and sultry with “Feelin’ Alright”, and her vocals and guitar make even the staunchest man melt away. Very hot, very cool stuff!

It’s a great little CD that Fish has delivered here. I enjoyed her guitar work, song writing and delivery; she is one talent young lady. I can’t wait to catch up with her live act and hear her up close- she’s a great young blues artist who I think will have lots of success in the future! I recommend this one strongly!

Reviewer Steve Jones is secretary of the Crossroads Blues Society and is a long standing blues lover. He is a retired Navy commander who served his entire career in nuclear submarines. In addition to working in his civilian career, he writes for and publishes the bi-monthly newsletter for Crossroads, chairs their music festival and work with their Blues In The Schools program.

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