By Anita Stewart, Rock At Night Pittsburgh
ALBUM REVIEW: Samantha Fish-Kill or be Kind-Released on Rounder Records on September 20, 2019
Award-winning Samantha Fish is finally getting the international recognition that she deserves. Her debut for Rounder Records, the latest recording and her sixth studio album, “Kill or Be Kind” not only shows off her extraordinary blues guitar grooves, but highlights her songwriting and lyrical skills. She wanted each song to have a life of it’s own. The recording was originally scheduled for August but has been pushed up for a September 20th, 2019 release.
The video of “Bulletproof,” the first cut on the recording has been uploaded to YouTube and lyric videos for “Watch It Die” and “Love Letters” can also be found on that platform. You can check them out HERE and HERE and HERE.
A favorite at Rock at Night ( covered previously HERE and HERE )she shows what a woman can do in a primarily man’s world by turning the notion on it’s head–that blues and rock guitar is an exclusive boy’s club and female artists can’t break in. Not true! Samantha has played her heart out and has learned along the way and shared the stage with the greats such as Buddy Guy, Tab Benoit and so many more. Constant recording and touring to support her music in both the US and Europe has paid off with major name recognition and each of her recordings get better and better.
“That was my mission on this album: to really set these songs up so that they have a life of their own,” says Samantha Fish about her latest release. “Strong messages from the heart – that’s what I really set out for.” She didn’t fail to deliver!
The album was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis with award winning Scott Billington producing. Other collaborations included high quality songwriters such as Parker Millsap that changed up her formula on this recording and there is quite a lot of blurring and blending of the genres.
Here is a bit about the cuts one by one:
Samantha’s music will always be infused with the blues–but this album, supremely engineered with more of a “wall of sound” on most of the cuts, is designed to appeal to a wider, perhaps more rock, soul and pop loving audience. What is evident is Samantha’s ability to tell a story with each song and the songwriting collaborations are stellar.
“This is me coming through, my personality,” Samantha said. “I got the moon in the back of my mind, and I want to shoot for it! I want to reach over genre lines and get out to as many people as possible. This album is so broad – and it’s all me. So I’m just hoping it catches people and appeals to them.”
Get this recording and be sure not to miss Samantha as she tours the world!
Tour info is HERE.
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