Samantha Fish impresses the fans of Chicago with her own blend of blues and roots music at Lincoln Hall.
It’s always enjoyable to get to see artists in an intimate setting, and tonight is no different. Lincoln Hall is one of those venues where you can right up against the stage, enabling the fans to truly be part of the atmosphere when songstress Samantha Fish comes out to perform.
Samantha had a very productive 2017, with the release of two albums – Chills & Fever, which favored her blues side, and Belle of the West, which had more of a Country/Americana feel than you would usually hear from the Kansas City native. Tonight’s setlist comprises of a perfect marriage of the two albums. Clearly not one to be pigeon-holed, Samantha effortlessly moved from the smoother, slide-guitar laden songs to the energetic foot-stomping livelier numbers. For someone who has released an impressive six albums over the last eight years, the ever-busy Samantha still manages to portray a laid-back sound, such as the title track “Chills & Fever” and “Blood In The Water,” but kicking it up a notch for the foot-stomping “Little Baby.”
Tonight’s show sees Samantha joined by a new band, however, listening to the way they perform, you could be pardoned for thinking they had been together for quite some time. It was impressive to see the six-piece band together on this smaller stage, bringing a sound that gently filled Lincoln Hall.
Samantha proves once again her diversity as an artist, not afraid to stray away from blues rock, and with a beautiful voice which is more than capable of interchanging between the genres. Her voice is equally matched by her guitar prowess as she mesmerizes the audience with her intricate and soulful solos.
Samantha managed to enjoy a few days in Chicago, making sure to visit the local guitar hotspot Chicago Music Exchange as she does whenever she is in town. This time, however, she picked up two additional guitars to add to her arsenal. It was her birthday after all.
It looks like 2018 is lining up to be another busy year for Samantha with several tour dates booked spanning the majority of the year already. If you haven’t yet seen her perform live, be sure to check her upcoming dates here.
Event Date: 31-JAN-2018