Last week I caught singer Samantha Fish at Old Rock House on the eve of New Year’s Eve. And what a treat she was to St. Louis. Playing to a packed house, the 26-year old blues guitarist mostly performed songs from her third studio album, Wild Heart, which is a mixture of country and roots rock. Having only heard of her weeks before on Spotify, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that I liked her acoustic tune “Let’s Have Some Fun” from her sophomore LP, Black Wind Howlin‘ (which she performed). In addition to “Let’s Have Some Fun,” the talented musician showcased the rock-edged “Roadrunner” and “Turn It Up” as well as the melancholy”Go Home” from the new album.
Wearing a black tank top, skinny gray jeans and sparkly ankle boots, one of the dope things about Ms. Fish’s performance; where most artists have wardrobe switches, she had multiple guitar changes. If I remember correctly she played six different guitars throughout her two-hour set: from rhythm to acoustic to these oil-can axes. She had two such kinds.
Either way, adding cover songs to her set pulled me in even more. Singing tunes by legends such as R&B musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (“You Put a Spell on Me”) and rock guitarist John Hiatt (“When You Hold Me Tight”), it made me want to catch the Kansas City native live again. Which is why I bought Wild Heart on vinyl at the show. The singer is currently on tour through February. However, below, check out her cover of John Hiatt’s tune “When You Hold Me Tight” from a few months ago in Michigan.