Samantha Fish working on acoustic album

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Samantha Fish has started work on an acoustic album that she hopes will demonstrate she’s capable of much more than the blues she’s already known for.

And one of the reasons for stretching her own boundaries is that she doesn’t believe the genre should remain static.

Fish tells the Daily Record: “It’s going to be something different for me. I think it’s an honest evolution of where I’m at.”

The undated release, featuring a selection of session musicians, follows third album Wild Heart, launched last year.

“I felt that I was writing songs that I wanted to write,” she says. “I didn’t feel that I had to fit into a box. It’s a raw, honest record.”

And no matter where her career takes her, she’ll always retain an admiration for the greats. “I don’t play the kind of blues that Muddy Waters played, but I can be inspired by Muddy Waters,” she says.

“I can be inspired by B.B. King. I can be inspired by Buddy Guy. Some people want to hear the blues in a certain way – I’m not like that. As long as we accept growth and chance, the blues will survive.”

Fish is currently touring the US.

Samantha Fish: Wild Heart

Samantha Fish US tour 2016

Feb 18: Pawling, NY Daryl’s House Club US
Feb 19: Wyomissing, Building 24 , PA
Feb 20: Bloomsburg Destination Blues Festival, PA
Feb 26: Wichita Cotillion, KS
Feb 27: Topeka Uncle Bo’s, KS
Mar 13: Lawrence Bottleneck, KS
Mar 17: Lincoln Zoo Bar, NE
Mar 18: Marion Campbell Steele Gallery, IA
Mar 19: Omaha 21st Saloon, NE
Mar 24: Birmingham Iron City, AL
Mar 25: Jackson Martin’s, MS
Mar 26: Vicksburg Bottleneck Blues Bar, MS
Mar 29: Venice Community Center, FL
Mar 30: Stuart Terra Fermata, FL
Mar 31: Lake Worth Bamboo Room, FL
Apr 01: Tampa Skipper’s Smokehouse, FL
Apr 02: Jacksonville Beach Springing the Blues, FL
Apr 22: Baton Rouge The Crest at Galvez Plaza, LA
Apr 24: The Woodlands Dosey Doe, TX
Apr 27: Austin The Scoot Inn, TX
Apr 28: San Antonio Sam’s Burger Joint, TX
Apr 29: Abilene Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival, TX
Apr 30: Ft. Worth Live Oak, TX
May 06-07: Willemstad Curaçao International BlueSeas Festival
May 13: Hyannis New England Blues Summit, MA
May 15: Grasonville Red Eye’s Dock Bar, MD
May 19: Charlotte National Whitewater Center, NC
May 21: Greensboro Carolina Blues Festival, NC
May 22: Raleigh Artsplosure, NC
Jun 05: Augusta Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival, NJ
Jun 11: Canton Canton Blues Festival, OH
Jun 24: Colorado Springs Stargazers Theatre, CO
Jun 25: Winter Park Smokin’ Moes, CO
Jun 26: Winter Park Blues From The Top Festival, CO
Jul 04: Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, OR
Jul 07: Albany River Rhythms, OR
Jul 09: Wallace Historic Wallace Blues Festival, ID
Jul 13: Boise Alive After Five, ID
Jul 15: Louisville Louisville Street Faire at Steinbaugh Pavilion, CO
Jul 29: Durham Warehouse Blues, NC
Jul 30: Alexandria Birchmere, VA
Aug 08: Williamsburg Sunnybrook Stock Farm, WV
Aug 20: Cockeysville Hot August Music Festival, MD
Sep 04: Marquette Marquette Area Blues Festival, MI
Sep 08: Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, NV
Sep 09: Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, NV
Sep 11: Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, NV