Review: Samantha Fish – Runaway

Posted on: Monday, Oct 10, 2011

Samantha Fish Runaway CD Cover

Samantha Fish
“Runaway”
(Ruf Records RUF 1169)

This is Samantha Fish’s debut album. Nine of the ten tracks have been written by the 22 year-old singer/guitarist from Kansas City, Missouri, including one in collaboration with the CD’s producer, Mike Zito. She is backed on the album by Cassie Taylor (daughter of Otis Taylor) on bass and backing vocals and Jamie Little on drums. Although a relative newcomer to the blues scene, Samantha has already contributed to the Ruf Records production, Girls With Guitars, alongside Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, with whom she has also been engaged on the latest Blues Caravan Tour.

The album opens with the slow-burning shuffle, “Down In The Swamp”, followed by the hard-driven, rocking title track and the slow and bluesy “Today’s My Day”. “Money To Burn” is a slow rocker that boasts a tasty guitar solo before the tempo is raised by a couple of bouncing, upbeat tracks, “Leavin’ Kind” and the excellent “Other Side Of The Bottle”. “Soft And Slow” is a catchy country blues while “Push Comes To Shove” provides a helping of rocking r ‘n’ b, with co-writer Mike Zito impressively sharing frontline duties on vocals and guitar. The country flavouring is returned to the menu with a splendid version of Tom Petty’s “Louisiana Rain” before the album is concluded with the mellow and jazzy “Feelin’ Alright”, complete with a suitably lyrical guitar solo.

Over recent years, there has been a proliferation of female blues-oriented singer/guitarists, many of whom have benefited from the admirable patronage of the Ruf corporation. Samantha Fish is one of the brighter stars in that constellation, in particular in regard to her excellent vocals, which already compare very favourably with such talented luminaries as Bonnie Raitt and Lisa Mills. She is definitely one to watch out for.

Samantha Fish Website
Ruf Records Website

Lionel Ross

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