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“The young blues chanteuse has little problem vocalizing her sadness, anger, and pain—and doing so in a bewitchingly seraphic timbre.” - Guitar Girl Magazine
Growing up in Kansas City in a musical family, Samantha’s first instrument was the drums before she switched to guitar. As she listened to her musical heroes, Fish began to explore their own influences by going back in time. “I saw Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tab Benoit and Mike Zito (in Kansas City). That was when I knew something was happening (musically) because I almost had to leave their shows early to go home and play my guitar.’ as told in a 2011 interview with online magazine Deep Roots. Over the years, she’s cultivated her own sound by blending her influences ranging from Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, R.L. Burnside and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as her musical peers.
All that ambition and passion paid off in 2012 when Samantha won a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for her 2011 release Runaway (Ruf). The wonderful critical praise, winning fans at shows and all the long hours driving came to a shining moment that put more fuel into her fire. This desire is now revealed with Wild Heart (2016) as the pivotal moment in her budding career.