Often underrated and unappreciated… several principle female innovators of blues music are equipped with a staggering amount of raw talent, undeniable moxie and impressionable guitar skills. Whether referencing these female pioneers who excelled despite time periods that were oozing with racism. Pointing out those who maintained the blues theology by never allowing the music to shed its cultural components. Every woman who plays the blues successfully maneuvers through their own passage; creating crucial and influential space for those women who hoped to follow in their wake. Let the truth be told, without these audacious women blues music would not be remembered for what it is today.

Trail blazer.. Sister Rosetta Tharpe… The crowned Godmother of Rock N’ Roll! Beyond being a female African American guitarist throughout a time of heavy racial prejudice. Controversy arose in Tharpe’s career as she strove to perform for both religious and secular audiences; as well as when the news of her same sex romantic relationships became public. Persevering beyond the many hurdles. A resurgence for Blues in the United Kingdom emerged in the 1960s allotting Tharpe an opportunity at a long and prosperous career. Her influence over musicians such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton prove Tharpe’s strong and lasting impression on music, which recently led to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Sometimes during your life you get the feeling that everything is just repeating itself or rudderless… and that most of the stuff you hear and see just sounds like half-“arsed” retreads of what’s gone on before. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud anyone who is proud of their art and have the gumption and balls to display it. I get it! It’s easier to be in the audience and criticize them on stage.…So it’s nice to come across an artist that has the guts to strike out and do something genuinely fresh and actually pull it off.. pretty fuckin’ well … This is one of those times!

I can’t say enough about the amazing Samantha Fish… Her newly released album, “Kill Or Be Kind” shows that Ms. Fish has certainly stepped up her game from her previous album released in 2017. Growing up in Kansas City she first played the drums but she soon cut her teeth by learning the guitar from her father. This lady had become known as a blazing blues guitar prodigy at just 21. … Too often blues guitar players boast of where they’ve been… in this case its where Samantha Fish is going! Yeah, we can go down the Robert Johnson mystique story; but it’s not necessary! It’s her song writing and vocals that have shown unmistakable vision and growth. From the howlin’ Bo Didley inspired opener, “Bulletproof” to the Amy Winehouse inspired frolic, “Love Your Lies”… But the track that she will be remembered for is the “Memphis/Stax” inspired, “Dream Girl”.This affecting ballad stands the endearment of its title on its head and explores the dilemma of a love not coming to fruition. “I wish you’d take the rest of me,” Fish sings. “These tears, they kill your fantasy”. Three time Grammy producer, Scott Billington has taken the palette and painted a picture that is “magnifique”.

Seeing Samantha perform she  ruminates a confident swagger that patrons can’t help but take notice. Her hour..plus set sucked the air out of the world famous Troubadour… and turned it into cottage cheese… Each song in one way or another evoked optimism festooned with hope which sets her apart from other blues-man/woman. To say Fish completely unravels herself is a drastic understatement. Overwhelmingly beautiful and heavenly humble is how I’d put it. Even in her starkest moments, Samantha is an almost celestial deity that can’t be stopped for anything. Dare I say, this may be the culmination of her career up to this point. Realizing that her wants are a detriment. Growing from the past and learning to let it be she wipes off the things that perturbed her by her relationships. She wipes the slate clean while facing new quarrels head on.  She hit a spiritual sweet spot with her audience. Following the gig she sat by her “merch” table for over an hour signing autographs and connecting with her fans. She can take any influence she damn well pleases and mixes in into something that is simultaneously fierce and cathartic. If you feel that you are in need of seeing  young talent blossoming before your very eyes……… hail hail… Ms. Samantha Fish…

 

A big thanks to Edyta Krzesak… for our feature image…