Thursday, August 10, 2017

Samantha Fish thrills capacity crowd at The Slidebar in Fullerton

Wow! As great as singer-guitarist Samantha Fish was when I caught her 70-minute set at Doheny Blues Fest just three months ago, her headlining show at The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in Fullerton I caught last night (Aug. 9, 2017) was even more amazing.

I wasn't there to cover the show, and didn't take any notes, but I just had to jot something down and share a couple of pics I took with my iPhone. The Kansas City, Missouri native performed for more than two hours, and backed by a five-man band (including two horn players showcased on the potent and soulful "Either Way I Lose"), simply blended blues, soul and classic R&B was a master's touch. And the energy of the Fish and her band's performance never wavered.

Fish released her fantastic album Chills & Fever earlier this year, and she featured many of the outstanding tracks off the disc during the Slidebar set including an extended "It's Your Voodoo Working" and a fast-moving, joyful take on the title track that really caught my ear. Her guitar playing was impressive everywhere, whether she was playing sharp rhythm, blistering lead solos or using a slide. 

Fish was just as powerful a performer when bringing down the dynamics to perform the emotive acoustic song "Go Home" using her Taylor acoustic guitar later in her set.

A magic night to be sure and I hope to see her perform again soon.

Robert Kinsler


Gary Hoyt said...

Experienced her and the band's talent and power at both shows as well, Robert. And couldn't agree more on all counts in your post. We gotta get Sam and the band back to Socal soon.

Mr P's R&R Riot said...

Saw her last night in Healdsburg , CA . WOW , one hell of a Rocking show .Loved the band .