Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol

Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites BristolSamantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol. With mizzle in Brizzle tonight, fear not Samantha will be Gert Lush and blow away the miserable weather. Or – With drizzle in Bristol tonight fear not Samantha with be amazing and blow away the miserable weather. For lovers of Blues and live music, there were no Chills & Fever beckoning the crowds queuing for The Tunnels tonight. We were all excited to hear once again in Bristol the Belle Of The West, Samantha Fish with her band with two new albums there was going to be new music to experience live and up close.

A good turn-out tonight at The Tunnels this Tuesday evening supporting live music soaking in the atmosphere. Samantha Fish with her Chills & Fever Band were touring with not one new album but two. Tonight they also gave the enthusiastic audience a chance to hear tracks from Belle Of The West live. Two styles of Samantha Fish were on show with a dip into Wildheart as well. The set-list was a crowd-pleasing highway journey of energised rock, raw blues combined with a sultry air, no wonder The Tunnels was hot and steamy tonight.

Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites BristolThe Chills & Fever band included horns which added another tonal layer to the music combined with a strong rhythm section, keys and the guitar and vocal thrills that Samantha brings to every show. First guitar of choice for Samantha tonight was her white SG, followed later in the set by her Fender Jaguar, as the night started with tracks from Chills & Fever including the title track. This was a different Samantha, full of feverish tempos with a vintage feel, with swing thrown into the blues medley.  Enthralled, captured in the web of Fish guitar magic as we were told You Can’t Go and Like A Baby. We were putty in her hands we just wanted more music and to hear some of the trademark raunchy country fueled music that put Samantha on our music radar.

Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol

Then we had a change of tone and a new song with Blood In The Water and a darker guitar the Delaney with a great meaty tone, reflecting the signature guitar that Samantha never played tonight.  The synergy between Samantha and the band flowed throughout every track. Her warmth towards to audience was genuine as she greeted Bristol once again. The only cover of the evening was Nina Simone’s Either Way I Lose. Played with real emotions and the lead break joined in as the guitar cried reprising the lyrics. Following on from Wildheart’s, Highway’s Holding Me Now the two styles contrasting and shows the dexterity of Samantha’s vocal delivery. Always her vocals colour the lyrics with attitude. What a powerful, innovative lead break we were all entranced with the live version of Somebody’s Always Trying. Her command of her pedals and gadgets were showcased, capturing the power of the track.

The conversation flowed between Samantha and the audience and she chatted with the band as the question mark on the set list was reached. We were then treated into It’s Your Voodoo Working. Her Voodoo was working on the audience at The Tunnels tonight. We wanted this music to go on all night.  The duelling between the trumpet and baritone Sax was wicked.


Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol

Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites BristolThen we had the dirty sound we love as Crow Jane dirty cigar-box slide sound curled around the venue, would have loved to have had some of this Fish dimension earlier on in the set. Her understanding of pedals was highlighted with her dexterity as she knelt in front of the pedal-board and made the guitar sing. The wonder of live music up close and personal.

Now we cheered and demanded more and we were not disappointed with another two numbers first Samantha Fish on acoustic with Need You More from Belle of The West, come back and tour this album very soon, please. The last song of the night demanded some audience participation we were loud and enthusiastic as from Wildheart we heard Bitch On The Run to close the evening. Her guitar mastery sent Chills down our spines and her vocal power meant The Tunnels were at fever pitch tonight


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Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol


Samantha Fish New Approach Gives You Chills & Fever

Samantha Fish New Approach Gives You Chills & Fever

Samantha Fish  New Approach Gives You Chills & Fever



Musically Chills & Fever hits you from the first note on Samantha Fish’s latest album.  This is something fresh, different a new dimension of the talented musician. The music gets under your skin, crawling through your veins the skilful blending of roots fueled guitar and vocals. This is blues blended like an aromatic gin, full of tones and sound shaped from Americana, a swirl of Detroit Mowtown with a pinch of punk this is blues that flashes with the musical taste that engages cutting across genres delivering music that we want to listen to. Samantha has surrounded herself with a powerful group of musicians, joining forces with the Detroit Cobras. Samantha Fish new approach gives you Chills & Fever, expect the unexpected a retro speakeasy gin cocktail hints of Blue Curaco full of music tones & textures

Opening with He Did It, the tempo fast the guitar sharp with Samantha’s vocals and punctuated by Marc Levron on Trumpet, you just know instinctively that this is an album that is blues being stretched and shaped into an exciting direction. The guitar has the distinctive Fish sound, the vocals are strong and dominate the instrumentation that cocoons the song but never curtails the wild side of the Samantha we know so well.

The title track follows early in the album with a change of tempo, sultry and taking the mood down from the gusty opener. Perhaps this would have worked better later in the album I wanted the Fever at this stage from Samantha not the Chills. That said it continues the vintage feel the opening track has as the Blues at the centre of the music is sent to a backwater for a recuperating rest. Samantha here is all Chills and Fevers, strong vocals and the horns curl around the lyrics delivered with authority. The cross-genre music with rock gently adding tonal currents to the delivery of the music as Hello Stranger picks up the rhythm, a tune for dancing and fun is back on the menu.

The album shaped by the production and recording in Detroit is a sidewalk that Samantha Fish is enjoying delivering, as she says You Can’t Go. Listen with open ears and enjoy an artist that refuses to be playing in a cul-de-sac of sound of her own creation. Fish on Chills & Fevers has stepped out onto the Highway of music that is infectious and full of bold beats and sonic colour. The journey continues with the earthy tones from Samantha and Travis Blotsky’s deep saxophone tones, Either Way We Love is a song delivered with maturity and passion. Slow with cat-like stealth we are drawn through the lyrics and music

With Crow Jane, we have the guitar sound we love as she revamps the classic number full of drama as we follow the story delivered with savage intent. This Piedmont standard is given the primeval treatment as Fish picks up the blues she left behind after the swampy It’s Your Voodoo Working.   The last track of the album is superb followed by a duo of bonuses. The last number I’ll Come running Over leaves you on a high as the jazz fueled retro Samantha Fish leaves you with Chills & Fever in your music bones.

Samantha Fish, out of Kansas, sweeping through the Delta and onwards to the tones of the city has blended the vocals, distilled the tones and created an album that makes you sit up and listen as Chills & Fevers sweep through your body.


 Samantha Fish  – Chills & FeverRUF 

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. He Did It
  2. Chills & Fever
  3. Hello Stranger
  4. It’s Your Voodoo Working
  5. Hurt’s All Gone
  6. You can’t Go
  7. Either Way I Lose
  8. Never Gonna Cry
  9. Little Baby
  10. Nearer To You
  11. You’ll Never Change
  12. Crow Jane

Bonus Tracks
Somebody’d Always Trying
I’ll Come Running Over

Musicians on Chills & Fever

Samantha Fish: Vocals, Lead Guitar
Joe Mazzola: Rhythm Guitar
Steve Nwara: Bass Guitar
Kenny Turdick: Drums
Bob Mervak: Electric Piano
Marc Levron: Trumpet
Travis Blotsky: Saxophone

Samantha Fish New Approach Gives You Chills & Fever