2015 Artists

Friday, July 17th

Samantha Fish
Hilary Scott
The Hoodoo Two

Saturday, July 18th

Amanda Broadway
The Fat Tones
Blue Funk Jailbreak
Genius in Remission

Sunday, July 19th

Washington Idaho Symphony
Hog Heaven Big Band

 

 

Friday Night  Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish

Samantha recalls her first musical taste as the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists like Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes.

But after several underage clandestine visits to the Knuckleheads Saloon blues club in her native Kansas City, she followed the thread from modern masters like Zito and Tab Benoit, through fallen ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan, right back to the pre-war Delta masters.

 “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”

Soon enough, appreciation for the blues had spilled over into application, and by the age of 18, Samantha had settled on a searing lead guitar style that expressed her own voice rather than mimicking the clichéd blues licks note-for-note.

Home practice didn’t scratch the itch, and she broke into a dues-paying period on the Kansas City jam circuit: an apprenticeship at the sharp end that tightened her musical chops, polished her stagecraft and gave her the grit to overcome occasional skepticism about her age, hair tone and gender. “I always hated the idea of the gimmick,” she told Premier Guitar. “People come out just because you are a girl, but then you have so much more to prove once you get them in the door.”

But Samantha got them in – and kept them in – and after an early live recording found its way into the hands of record label executive Thomas Ruf, the young bandleader’s trajectory was changed from dreamer to signed artist.

Fish’s first appointment for the label was to join Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on the 2011 Girls With Guitars album: a whip-cracking three-female release that the trio doused with added rocket fuel on Ruf’s famous Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the US that year. “I don’t get that whole competitive thing, especially when I play with the girls,” insisted Samantha. “When you start trying to get over the top of somebody, you lose what makes it great. That’s when you lose the musical aspect of it.”

With her name buzzing on the blues scene, Samantha struck again that same year with Runaway, her solo debut on Ruf Records. With ten hot tracks – of which nine were originals –this was a debut album that announced the depth of this newcomer’s talent, mixing up gutsy riff-blues rockers like “Down In The Swamp” with the mellow small-hours jazz of “Feelin’ Alright,” while marinating her songwriting in the groove of the Rolling Stones and even tipping a hat to Heart. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained, “with my own spin.”

Hitting a receptive international rock press, Runaway was hailed as a thrilling opening gambit, earning a string of rave reviews and accolades, of which the Blues Music Award (BMA) for ‘Best New Artist Debut’ in 2012 was perhaps the most auspicious. “

Fish then unleashed a major storm of her trademark guitar work with 12 smoking tracks that chart Samantha’s evolution as songwriter, gunslinger and lyricist. and soulful vocals on her 2013 release Black Wind Howlin.

And how, her latest CD, Wild Heart, is set for release this June.

Hilary Scott

Indie-Americana singer-songwriter Hilary Scott released her latest album, Freight Train Love, in November. Since its release, the album – which was recorded with Grammy-award-winning musicians in Los Angeles, has grabbed the attention of reviewers from Billboard, No Depression, Maverick, and many more. A common theme among the reviews is expressed well by Joe Montague of Riveting Riffs: “Hilary Scott has been a secret that has been kept from too many for far too long…” Scott, whose voice has been described as “absolutely extraordinary in its emotional greatness” (Italian producer Euro Ferrari) writes songs that hit where it hurts so good: the hearts and minds of a steadily growing and extremely loyal fanbase.

While driving from a show in Memphis to a radio appearance in Knoxville in May, Hilary received news that her recent vinyl release, “Flowers on Mars,” had won Americana/Folk Album of the Year from the Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association. Flowers on Mars displays some of the best of Scott’s songwriting, singing, musical, and arranging talent.  Aarik Danielsen of The Columbia Daily Tribune notes, “…the record allows for big, buoyant moments, as well as intricate, intense sounds. All the material is unified by Scott’s vocals, which grow richer and lovelier as time passes.”

Scott and drummer/husband AJ Gennaro are dedicated to nearly-nonstop touring to promote Freight Train Love, recorded with Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal,) and featuring multiple Grammy-award winning musicians and hit songwriters. Fans showed their love by contributing over $10,000 to Hilary’s Indie Go Go campaign to help with radio and publicity for this record. Freight Train Love highlights Scott’s vocal diversity with songs ranging from soul to Americana, and displays her rich interpretive abilities as she covers other writer’s songs, along with new arrangements of her original work. Featured bassist Bob Glaub (Lennon, McCartney, Fogerty, Springsteen, Rondstadt, Raitt, Cher) says, “Hilary Scott has a soulful and beautifully expressive voice that knocks it out of the park!” In his review of Freight Train Love in Midwest Record, Chris Spector also sums up nicely: “Hilary Scott has a sharp pen, a smoking voice, and more soul than a white girl…should have.”

The Hoodoo Two

Band members Double G and the Bassman come from the Hoodoo Mountains in

Idaho and describe their sound as a combination of backwoods country

funk and southern-fried rockabilly blues.

 

Saturday Night   Amanda Broadway

Amanda Broadway

“Simply put, Amanda Broadway is a Nashville-based singer and a songwriter with an affinity for blues and soul music. Although to stop there would be a travesty. Broadway’s voice is a mighty, dazzling blast of light guiding you through the murky waters of today’s blues music  and back in time to the unadulterated glory of the 1960s and ’70s. Her voice harkens back to the likeness of Etta James  while  reveling in the nuances of today, effortlessly soaring above her well-crafted, deeply groove-focused blues and soul music.” – Ian Haygood, SpokesBUZZ

Amanda performs regularly in Nashville with her 10-11 piece band featuring some of the grooviest musicians on the scene. The show is dynamic and diverse, taking listeners on a journey through many different genres and moods. From blues, rock and soul to funk and gospel, there’s a little something for everybody as the band whispers and wails through Amanda’s original music, favorite cover tunes, and blues standards.

You can also see Amanda weekly at new Nashville hot-spot Acme Feed & Seed as part of the house band – The Music City Toppers. She is one of three vocalists in the ten-piece band that brings funk, soul and R&B to lower Broadway every Thursday night for Acme’s weekly Funky Tonk.

Currently, Amanda is working on an ongoing series of recordings called The Sanctuary Sessions. Recording all songs at  The Sanctuary in Nashville, the focus of this project is to approach each song in the studio individually, and to follow the vision of each song without limitation by genre, instrumentation, personnel, or production style. The first track, “Real Thing”, was recorded live with a ten-piece band, and released along with a music video capturing the session. The song was featured on  AmericanSongwriter.com  as a Daily Discovery. In 2014, Amanda released a limited number of copies of “Real Thing” on CD, which includes the second song from The Sanctuary Sessions project, “It Never Rains.” This track was also recorded live and accompanied by a music video capturing the session. Several more tracks are set to be released in 2015.

In June 2015, moved by the current state of the world, Amanda wrote “Spread Love Around” – a call to action and message of love, compassion, equality and acceptance. She called upon 14 local musicians to donate their time and talent to record the track. “Spread Love Around” will be  released as a single in July 2015 along with a music video that features individuals setting an example of how we can all make the world a little better each day with our small actions and choices. She will be donating all profits from the sale of the recording and associated merchandise to the non-profit organization Fibuspam, Inc. which provides free medical care to indigenous communities in Ecuador.

Her first record, the  independently released EP  Me Without You, reached number 8 on the iTunes Top Blues Albums chart. “Somethin’ Funny Goin’ On,” the final track on the effort, won the Vox Pop (fan’s choice) for Best Blues Song in the 2013  Independent Music Awards.  In 2012, Amanda and Mikie Martel, a.k.a The MarWays, released Christmas With The MarWays to iTunes. Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Sanctuary by Martel, Christmas With The MarWays features “The Man With The Bag” and “Please Come Home For Christmas” arranged and performed by The MarWays with a little help from their friends.

In October 2014, Amanda was chosen to participate in the BandSwap program hosted by Colorado music non-profit SpokesBUZZ with showcases in Nashville and Colorado.  She is scheduled to perform at the Rendezvous In the Park Festival in Moscow, ID in July 2015, with more touring dates to be announced soon.

The Fat Tones

Since their inception in 2002, this rockin’ blues trio has enjoyed a steady stream of success. After releasing six hit albums of original music and being recognized for multiple categories of regional awards, this band is very much one of the hottest bands around! Skilled guitarist Bobby Patterson leads the band with his world class talent and versatility. Ever passionate, Bobby exudes perfection and professional musicianship in every note he strums.

Next we have the backbone position of live music, bass player Bob Ehrgott. He effortlessly lays down the groove and contributes greatly to the bands’ vocals and writing.

Together these experienced artists create a symphony of sound that pleasure senses in every way. The Fat Tones play rockin’ blues style music that is packed full of harmonic melodies and fresh lyrics.

Blue Funk Jailbreak

Hailing from Moscow, band members include Brian Dyre on vocals, Tom Garrett on drums, Axel Krings on guitar and Dave Snider on bass. Blue Funk Jailbreak’s sound is a mix blues, funk, rock and reggae.

Genius in Remission

Moscow area band members Xris Hogan, Tim Gregory, Steve Farr, Ron Rasco and Brandon Farr make up the group, which has dabbled in blues, jazz and progressive rock while maintaining rock ’n’ roll roots.

Sunday Night Washington Idaho Symphony

horns

The Washington Idaho Symphony’s mission is to bring live classical music
to all ages in the rural Whitman and Asotin counties of Washington
and the Latah and Nez Perce counties of Idaho, while providing an outstanding opportunity for the region’s most accomplished musicians to participate in challenging repertoire and performance.”

Hog Heaven Big Band

Based in Moscow, Idaho, the Hog Heaven Big Band is a 16-piece big band providing swing dance music to the Palouse. The band plays at a variety of venues including dances, private parties, weddings, fund raisers, retirement homes, and county fairs. A typical set list includes tunes that range from the ’30s to the present with an emphasis on the big band era of the ’40s.

Hog Heaven Big Band was founded by Bill Roberts and has been playing for over 35 years. The band performs with up to 18 musicians that include college professors, administrators, ministers, retired people, small business owners, music teachers, and students.