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The Queen of the Kansas City Blues: Samantha Fish


Last updated 5/31/2021 at 9:56pm

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Samantha Fish grew up in a talented family with her mom, a church choir instructor, and her father would have "Jam Sessions" around his town.

Born: January, 30th. 1985, Samantha started to play drums at 13 years old, but in just a couple of years, at 15, she switched to the guitar. She is influenced by the recordings of, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Stevie Ray Vaughn, At an early age Samantha started hanging out at a Club, Knuckleheads, and enjoyed the blues band that toured through Kansas City, and then started to sit in with the bands.

In 2009 Samantha recorded her first album, "Live Bait", she began work on her follow up Album "Girls With Guitars", released, 2011 on the Ruf Label with two other blues talent, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. With this new line up was set, she toured to promote the Album and a few more Albums followed: Black Wind Howling, 2013, Ruf Label, The Healers, 2013 on Blue Star Connection, along with Ruf Label: Wild Heart, 2015, Chills and Fever and Bella of the South, 2015 and her latest album, Kill or be Kind, 2019 released on the Rounder Label.

In her short carrer, Samantha won quit a lot of awards,

Best New Artist Debut – 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis

• Artist of the Year – 2016 Independent Blues Awards

• Best Independent Female Blues Artist – 2016 Independent Blues Awards

• Best Independent Blues Contemporary CD (for Wild Heart (Ruf Records)) – 2016 Independent Blues Awards

• Best Modern Roots CD (for Belle of the West (Ruf Records)) – 2018 Independent Blues Awards

• Best Independent Blues-Soul Artist – 2018 Independent Blues Awards

• Best Stage Performance – 2018 Independent Blues Awards

• Road Warrior – 2018 Independent Blues Awards

• Song for Common Good (for "American Dream" from the album Belle of the West)– 2018 Independent Blues Awards

And that is just a few off a long list of awards.

So far, Samantha has done many things, But, I feel she is just starting.

Michael "The Rolling Stone" Wynde


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