Friday, July 17th
The Hoodoo Two
Saturday, July 18th
The Fat Tones
Blue Funk Jailbreak
Genius in Remission
Sunday, July 19th
Washington Idaho Symphony
Hog Heaven Big Band
Friday Night 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.
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.”
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.