Amanda Fish review…September 15, 2018….

AMANDA FISH

FREE

VIZZTONE VT-FF02

2020–NOT AGAIN–ANYMORE–THE BALLAD OF LONESOME COWBOY BILL–BLESSED–GOING DOWN–YOU COULD BE–BULLET–HERE WE ARE–DON’T MEAN A THING–THE BORED AND LONELY–FREE

Amanda Fish burst onto the scene back in 2015 with her debut for Vizztone, “Down In The Dirt.”  That set garnered her the 2016 Sean Costello Rising Star Blues Blast Music Award.  Her latest offering showcases not only her from-the-depths-of-her-soul vocals, but her mature songwriting and instrumentation prowess, as, herein, she is featured on bass, acoustic, electric, and 12-string guitars, mandolin and piano. (Whew!).  Adding to this sweet mix, entitled “Free,” there are some mighty fine special guests, too.

Amanda opens the show with one of our favorites.  Dave Hays and Lois Nadal are on guitars on the high-octane groove of “2020,” as a nation continues to hold out hope for better days ahead.  She warns us to “be careful what you wish for, ’cause ain’t nothin;’ in this world for free.”  Our good friend Rosy Rosenblatt guests on harp on the Hill Country boogie of “Not Again,” while Sara Morgan takes the vocal lead on “Blessed,” the powerful story of our heroine who rose up to defeat her own personal demons, by “holding on to hope.”

Our other two favorites closed the set.  Fellas, you know you are playin’ with fire when you’ve “got a wife and a bed that’s empty,” and you get involved with a young ‘un who prefers to “live a life on MTV.”  There’s nothing more dangerous than combining the two, “The Bored And Lonely.”  The set closes with the Sunday morning sanctifyin’ and testifyin’ of the title cut.  Both Amanda and Sara are on the vocals, as this one boils to a fevered climax, fueled by Chris Hazelton’s organ and Amanda’s acoustic piano.

Amanda Fish continues to grow her legacy as one of the most formidable, and multi-talented artists in all of contemporary blues.  Dig this one and set yo’self “Free!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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