Samantha Fish review…April 22, 2017…

SAMANTHA FISH

CHILLS AND FEVER

RUF RECORDS  RUF 1241

HE DID IT–CHILLS AND FEVER–HELLO STRANGER–IT’S YOUR VOODOO WORKING–HURT’S ALL GONE–YOU CAN’T GO–EITHER WAY I LOSE–NEVER GONNA CRY–LITTLE BABY–NEARER TO YOU–YOU’LL NEVER CHANGE–CROW JANE–SOMEBODY’S ALWAYS TRYING–I’LL COME RUNNING OVER

For her fourth album, Kansas City’s own Samantha Fish gives us an excellent return to the roots she loves the most–Delta blues, with a strong dose of Stax and Motown soul in the mix.  The thing that puts her latest for Ruf Records, “Chills And Fever,” so far over the top is the passion and conviction she brings to these fourteen cuts from the very vaults of rock and soul.  Adding to the mix is the production–Samantha ventured to Detroit to The 45 Factory , with Bobby Harlow at the helm, who also turned her on to some of these rarely-heard gems.  With Joe Mazzola on rhythm guitar throughout, Samantha leads off with the Jackie De Shannon-penned Detroit Cobras chestnut, the horn-drenched, girl-group homage to a lover long gone, “He Did It.”  An extended intro segues’ into a dreamy, inviting cover of Barbara Lewis’ “Hello Stranger,” while “It’s Your Voodoo Working” gets down and dirty into the Muddy side of her roots.  She closes the set with another nod to Sixties’ pop with the easily-danceable groove of Lulu’s “I’ll Come Running Over and give my love to you!”

We had two favorites,  which were perhaps the set’s most powerful offerings.  First up, an ominous, creepin’ sax blows over Samantha’s vocal on a tune dealing with choices posed by a cheatin’ lover, “Either Way I Lose.”  And, those fans hoping for a slide guitar, juke-joint throwdown,  get their wish on the traditional tale of “Crow Jane.”  Samantha doesn’t change the genders herein as she “buys me a pistol and 40 rounds of balls,” to “shoot Crow Jane just to see her fall.”  That grungy buzzsaw solo at the bridge and the ensuing echo-effect vocals tie this one up in a sweet package!

With “Chills And Fever,” Samantha Fish concentrates more on her vocals, but teases her fans with just enough guitar to keep them wanting more.  And, she’s introduced a batch of timeless nuggets from the beginnings of blues, rock, and soul to a whole new generation of listeners!  Until next time…..Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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