Whether one leans towards the blues, opts for Americana or ignites some special fervor by playing with a garage band, there’s a common bond that suggests a reverence for the roots. Looking back towards an earlier template — no matter what the genre — proves the point that appreciating what came before can be a stepping stone for what comes next.
Samantha Fish knows that all too well, and it’s been evidenced in the music she’s made her entire career. While she’s well known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll. “I grew up on it,” she insists. “Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realize just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into soul music, R&B, country and so many other forms of music that are essential even today.”
It’s little wonder then that when it came time to record her new album, Chills & Fever (released March 17, 2017), Fish ventured off in another new direction, one she was exploring for the first time in her career. She traveled to Detroit and joined forces with members of the Detroit Cobras, a band whose insurgent ethic has made them darlings of the Midwest punk/blues scene. The two entities — which included Joe Mazzola on guitar, Steve Nawara on bass, and Kenny Tudrick along with Bob Mervak on keys, and the New Orleans horn section featuring Mark Levron and Travis Blotsky on trumpet and saxophone — bonded over a common love of classic soul and rollicking rhythms, so much so that the results testify to a seemingly timeless template. Covering songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s — indelible melodies from the pens of legends like Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Berns and Allen Toussaint — and revisiting some earlier demos she cut along with producer Bobby Harlow, Fish and the Cobras created an album that’s best described as a pure slab of rocking rhythm n’ blues.
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Chills & Fever
Release Date: March 17, 2017
- He Did It
- Chills & Fever
- Hello Stranger
- It’s Your Voodoo Working
- Hurts All Gone
- You Can’t Go
- Either Way I Lose
- Never Gonna Cry
- Nearer To You
- You’ll Never Change
- Crow Jane
- Bonus Songs
- Somebody’s Always Trying
- I’ll Come Running Over
Feast Your Eyes On This! We are are excited to announce that on March 2nd The Huffington Post will premiering the CHILLS & FEVER video. It was fun working Kansas City’s Outpost Worldwide on this creative chilling video. Samantha Fish and her friends had a blast and we all get to share in the fun […]
Guitar World Premiere’s “CROW JANE” from Samantha Fish’s new breakthrough release from CHILLS & FEVER. Check it out here!
“Chock full of swampy guitars, New Orleans-style horns and fronted by Fish’s powerful, blues-tinged vocals, I can’t think of a better representation of this story of regret.” Guitar World Read More!
1. He Did It 2. Chills & Fever 3. Hello Stranger 4. It’s Your Voodoo Working 5. Hurts All Gone 6. You Can’t Go 7. Either Way I Lose 8. Never Gonna Cry 9. Nearer To You 10. You’ll Never Change 11. Crow Jane
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