Samantha Fish wastes little time before flexing her guitar on her debut Runaway. And she does it again and again, invigorating the album’s 10 tracks with plenty of six-string brawn.
The 22-year-old upstart stepped out on this yearâ€™s Girls with Guitars, joining fellow hotshots Dani Wilde and Cassie Taylor, and she is now making a name for herself with blues chops and a fiery vocal delivery that enlivens her solo debut. Backed by Taylor on bass and drummer Jamie Little, she blazes out of the gates on the album-opening â€œDown in the Swamp,â€ and doesnâ€™t look back. Â She doles out dirty swing on the title track, and struts with authority on â€œMoney to Burn,â€ all the while delivering impressive, low-cut blues licks. The album-closing â€œFeelinâ€™ Alrightâ€ showcases Fishâ€™s softer side, her whispy vocals mellowing nicely above sparse guitar and drums.
Samantha Fish is the real deal, and she proves her talents on Runaway, a worthy installment in what promises to be a long and inspired career.
Runaway is out now on Ruf Records.