For the second straight year, StorageMart is giving away a Roots & Blues Whole Hog VIP Getaway. Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of “Whole Hog” VIP Passes and hotel accommodations for the Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival, to be held September 20-22 in Columbia, Missouri.
Kansas City native Samantha Fish won’t have far to travel for her performance at the Roots & Blues Festival. The up and coming guitarist is just 23 years old, but Fish has been a regular in the Kansas City music scene since she was 17.
Raised on the classic rock of acts like the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, Samantha Fish largely taught herself to play the guitar, starting on acoustic, by locking herself up in her room and practicing the strumming techniques she observed in her favorite players for hours on end. As she developed she expanded her sphere in influences to include blues legends like Son House, Skip James and Charley Patton.
After graduating from high school, Fish worked odd jobs for a couple of years before dedicating herself to her music full time. The payoff was the release of her debut album “Runaway” in 2011. Her musical style is a blend of her rock and blues influences while her vocals will also dip into jazz at times. The album was well received by blues critics, earned Fish a cover story on “Premier Guitar” magazine and won her the Best New Artist award at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.
On the strength of “Runaway”, Fish was offered a spot on the “Girls with Guitars” tour. Joining fellow prodigies Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, the trio recorded a self-titled album and toured throughout Europe, garnering enough attention to earn each guitarist an endorsement deal with Fender.
Girls with Guitars went on a second European tour in 2012 and plans for a third later this year. Fish has been able to remain focused on her solo career as well. She earned a spot as opening act for a sold out Buddy Guy show in the legend’s home base of Chicago and “Black Wind Howlin’”, the follow up to her debut album, is due for release on September 10th.
For fans of the blues it is encouraging to see young musicians continuing in the traditions of the pioneers of the genre. Catch what is sure to be an electric performance from one of the leaders of the next generation of the blues when Samantha Fish takes the stage at the Roots & Blues Festival on Friday, September 20th.