Samantha Fish is one of the shining stars of today’s blues rock scene. Fish sat down with Blues Rock Review to discuss her love of guitar, what drew her to the blues, entrepreneurship in the music business, and more.
“There’s just something so powerful about taking a guitar solo,” says Samantha Fish. “You can be emotive with it. You come up with melodic phrases. There’s so much versatility with the guitar.”
For Samantha Fish, her journey on the guitar started with the blues.
“The blues is the contributing factor to every single type of modern American music. Every single person that I looked up to as a guitar player, a band, everything they learned was from the blues,” Fish tells Blues Rock Review.
Fish credits her hometown for bringing her to the blues.
“Growing up in Kansas City it’s a seriously strong blues and jazz town. There’s so many open mics and jams and stuff, so if you’re a young guitar player like I was you can go to a jam every other night.”
And while Fish is rooted in the blues she’s not afraid to push the boundaries of the genre.
“I try to do something different with every album,” says Fish. “I try to evolve. I really don’t want to come out with the same album or twice in a row. I like the idea of growing and changing album to album.”
Fish also continues to evolve on the business side launching her own record label, Wild Heart Records.
“It started because I wanted to produce records. I really wanted to get involved on the production side of things. I love going into the studio and making an album as an artist, but I wanted to go and be on the other side of that.”
With today’s challenging musical landscape, Fish says having the right people around you is crucial.
“I just wanted to help other artists have a good team because really you can’t do everything on your own. I know we all want to, but really I think the essence to success in the industry is having a good team. Part of my success has been having a great team, so I wanted to be on the other side of that for someone else.”
Samantha’s business endeavors don’t stop there, she’s also a part of the Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival. The festival originated out of New Orleans and Fish got involved.
“We have a show and then we have builders come and showcase their way and it’s a really cool thing,” said Fish. “It’s interesting getting to learn the business from all these different sides because I’ve come at it from an artist’s perspective for so many years. It’s really enlightening to get to try on the promoter hat for a while and be, like, this is really hard (laughs).”
Fish plans to release a new record later this year and shows no signs of slowing down.
“You’ve got to find a way to stand out and be true to your art. If you have something to say find a way to say it like nobody else,” says Fish.