Album Reviews

Samantha Fish

Wild Heart

Artist:     Samantha Fish

Album:     Wild Heart

Label:     Ruf Records

Release Date:     07/10/2015


One of the most rewarding parts of being a music fan is watching a favorite artist grow as a performer and take on new musical challenges.  Wild Heart, the latest release from blues-rocker Samantha Fish, explores country and Americana yet still contains enough no-nonsense three chord rock to satisfy longtime fans.

North Mississippi All Stars guitarist Luther Dickinson – who serves as producer – lends his fiery slide guitar playing to high octane tracks like “Turn it Up” and “Blame it on the Moon.”  It’s a joy to hear Fish’s powerful and heartfelt vocals alongside Dickinson’s trademark Hill Country Blues riffs.  The two musicians clearly have great rapport in the studio.  As always, Fish’s voice and guitar remind listeners that rock and roll swagger isn’t just a boy’s game. The most exciting tracks on Wild Heart allow Fish to step out of her blues-rock comfort zone and explore new territory.  The radio friendly rock ballad “Place to Fall” is a great showcase for Fish’s vocal chops.  She holds her own alongside  overdriven guitar riffs all while showing the vulnerability one would expect in a tale of lost love.  “Go Home” is a beautiful country ballad that could give Holly Williams a run for her money. It’s striking to hear how easily Fish adapts to new styles. Even when she trades her custom built Telecaster for an acoustic guitar, her music never loses any of its power.

Wild Heart is only Fish’s third studio recording.  Hearing so much musical growth early in an artist’s career is a sure sign that fans can look forward to plenty of inspiring music from Samantha Fish.


-Jon Kleinman

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