Singer will be at Sellersville Theater on Feb. 8
STORY WRITTEN BY CRAIG OSTROFF
For Digital First Media
As someone who tours relentlessly, Samantha Fish admits that it can be difficult to find time to write.
Of course, sometimes that happens to even the best and most established of musicians.
“I haven’t quite found a method yet for writing,” Fish said during a recent telephone interview. “I had the opportunity to play in front of John Hyatt once. I was feeling bad about my method, and he said he didn’t have a way he does it, either. He told me, ‘When they come, they come.’”
Though she might not yet be a prolific songwriter, there aren’t many people complaining about the material Fish has written. Quite the opposite.
Fish released her debut solo album, “Runaway,” in 2011 to rave reviews. As adept at driving a song with her powerful, emotive vocals as she is with her wicket guitar work, Fish earned the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut in 2012.
If “Runaway” announced Fish’s arrival on the blues scene, her sophomore effort, “Black Wind Howlin’,” proved that she’s here to stay. The 2013 album shows Fish’s evolution as a songwriter, guitar player and singer as it effortlessly jumps from classic guitar-driven classic blues (“Lay it Down”) to the more blues-rock flavor of “Miles to Go,” to the softer, more traditional country sound of “Last September.”
“A song like ‘Last September,’ just came out real country,” said Fish, who can be found online at www.samanthafish.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samanthafishmusic, and on iTunes. “I’m not trying to fit into any specific genre — that’s just the way it came out of me honestly and naturally. That’s more important to me than fitting in to ‘my place.’
“I look back at ‘Runaway’ and I’m so far away musically, I’m so different now. I learned a lot and had a lot of experiences. In the two years between the records, I feel like I’ve grown so much as a singer, player and songwriter. ‘Black Wind Howlin’” was a completely different album from ‘Runaway.’ I don’t have to compete with what I’ve done in the past, but I always want to improve. If you work hard and you’re writing whenever you can and you want to learn, you should be better. But no matter what, I try to be honest and I try to be myself.”
Fish said that her upcoming third album, which will be released later this year, will mark another example of her growth as a musician.
“I feel like the new record will be different because for the first time I used a different producer,” she said. “Luther Dickinson produced this one and he played bass on it, and we went to Blade Studios in Shreveport and he played drums on it. It’s a real honest, raw, fast and loose production. I feel like the material is better, the performances are better than anything I’ve done before.
Fish noted, however, that she’s keeping the new CD under wraps for now … meaning she likely won’t break out any songs from it when she visits Sellersville Theater on Feb. 8.
“I’m trying hard to keep this one a secret,” she said. “But we’re working up old songs, some cool covers, keeping it fresh. It’s not the same show people have seen – we’re going to mix it up.”
While new tracks might not be on the set list, Fish’s passion, honesty and skill will be on full display when she hits the Sellersville stage. Playing a genre that lends itself perfectly to the raw, spontaneous nature of live performances, Fish relishes every opportunity she has to play before a crowd.
“I really enjoy traveling and performing live,” she said. “I can say I’ve gone to more places than a lot of people my age. To make money doing this, you have to tour pretty much nonstop. There’s not as much money in the physical side of record sales anymore, so we have to keep touring. But I really do enjoy it.
“I don’t want it to feel stale to the audience. If it feels stale to me, I know it’ll feel stale to them. So when I’m up on stage, I’m trying to put on a really rocking show that moves well and is full of raw energy and passion and guitar riffing.”
IF YOU GO
What: Samantha Fish
When: Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8.
Where: Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville.
Tickets: $19.50; $29.50
Info.: Check www.st94.com or call (215) 257-5808