Review: Samantha Fish – Black Wind Howlin’

Posted on: Saturday, Oct 19, 2013

Samantha Fish CD Cover

Samantha Fish – Black Wind Howlin’

(Ruf Records: RUF 1195)

Black Wind Howlin’ is Samantha Fish’s second album. The Kansas City-based singer/guitarist has written eleven of the twelve tracks, one in conjunction with Mike Zito, the producer of the album, who also plays guitar and provides backing vocals on several tracks. She is also backed by Yonrico Scott on drums and percussion and Charlie Wooton on bass guitars.

The album rolls and tumbles into action with “Miles To Go” followed by the upbeat, country rocker, “Kick Around”, with the aforementioned Mike Zito on lead guitar. On the heavier-beating “Go To Hell”, Samantha shares the lead vocals with Paul Thorn before the wah-wah drenched, swampy blues ”Sucker Born” is enhanced by Johnny Sansone on harmonica. ”Over You”, a bluesy, country ballad, leads into the sole non-original number on the album, a splendid version of Chester Burnett’s “Who’s Been Talking”, with more tasteful harp work and an impressive guitar solo.

Further variation is effected with a couple of medium-paced shuffles: “Lay It Down”, which witnesses Samantha’s superb vocals at their very best, and the acoustically-accompanied “Let’s Have Some Fun”. A helping of slow, heavy-beating blues-rock is delivered by “Heartbreaker” and “Foolin’Me” while the title song returns to the rolling cadences of the opening track. The excellent album is concluded with “Last September”, a country blues embellished with a fine helping of fiddle playing from Bo Thomas.

This compilation of well-crafted songs bears testament to Samantha Fish’s development as a songwriter and her guitar playing skills. More importantly it underlines her superlative vocal talent, which now compares very favourably with the legendary Bonnie Raitt and the much-admired Lisa Mills. Her potential for stardom is considerable.


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