FAME Review: Samantha Fish - Runaway
Samantha Fish - Runaway


Samantha Fish

Ruf Records - RUF1169

Available from Ruf Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Geez, how does a cutie who looks like the mischievous back-row cheerleader minx in high school belly up to this rough and tasty a bucket of grit? Samantha Fish is one of the still too few women who are starting to bulk up the ranks of femmes knowing how to sling that guitar like they goddam well mean it, pulling up the floor tiles or raising the roof on a moment's notice, scorching the walls, stopping on a dime, and givin' ya nine cents change. The feisty little blonde was born with the boogie in her (catch the highly infectious swing of the title cut) and not only comes up with great leads but multi-tracks herself superbly, providing fills and embellishments, not to mention chord beds, that will surprise. Again: tasty as fuck and I ain't kiddin'. Not many play counterpoint or accompaniment to themselves as well as her, and this chick cooks, y'all; I'm talking 'bout the greasy, nasty, soulful, get down and get back up again all-nite box car diner.

I was really surprised to hear of the same inventiveness, in that boogie track, that Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) used to do so well in his heyday, not the speed-demoning of Going Home, but the hypnotizing early stuff coupled with the heaviness of Cricklewood Green and Undead. Then there's the sexy sass of Today's my Day, where her sultry vocals grab the front stage, luxuriating in all the blues paraphernalia, missing nothing, looking back over a powder puff shoulder as she trashes the past and heads for neon horizons. The wah'ed-out Leavin' Kind brings out a Hendrixian vibe while Otherside of the Bottle strips way down to a chicken-scratchin' guitar line beside seductive scenarios of juice-joint love and need. Mark my words, this is a girl who's going places. Ruf Records just keeps unearthing nuggets of gold and, not by coincidence, Mike Zito is waxing in his powers as a producer, shown not only here but in other recent releases by various bluesers. No matter what, though, in Samantha Fish's Runaway, we're looking at the trifecta.

Track List:

  • Down in the Swamp
  • Runaway
  • Today's My Day
  • Money to Burn
  • Leaving' Kind
  • Otherside of the Bottle
  • Sort and Slow
  • Push Comes to Shove
  • Louisiana Rain
  • Feelin' Alright
All songs written by Samantha Fish except
Push Comes to Shove (Fish / Zito) and Louisiana Rain (Tom Petty).

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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