Samantha Fish is making waves in the blues world. She has a booming voice, serious guitar skills, and gives an energetic and emotional live performance. She won the Best New Artist Debut award for her 2011 album Runaway, and has been touring and recording constantly since. After releasing two more records in 2013 and 2015, she went on to release another two in 2017 – Chills & Fever and Belle Of The West.
We caught up with Samantha Fish at the 2017 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival for the Gondola Session, where we got her go solo acoustic. On the gondola she played acoustic versions of 1 song from each of these 2017 releases.
Samantha Fish Gondola Session Videos
“Need You More”
“Need You More” is a song from Samantha Fish’s November 2017 release Belle Of The West.
Samantha Fish’s version of “Crow Jane” was released in March 2017 on her album Chills & Fever.
“Don’t Say You Love Me” (Facebook Live Recording)
For our first ever Facebook Live attempt we teamed up with the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and Samantha Fish for this recording of “Don’t Say You Love Me.” While it does look like it was shot on a potato at the start, the quality improves as the song goes on. I’m actually pretty surprised that this even worked.
More from Samantha Fish
I don’t know if I had seen or heard much acoustic work from Samantha Fish before getting on the gondola with her. She has earned quite a reputation for her electric shredding abilities and intense blues jams during gigs, and for a good reason. So it would be weird not to include some of her live footage in this post. I thought that this rocking performance of “Gone For Good” from the 2016 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival seemed like a good fit.
Samantha Fish @ 2016 Telluride Blues & Brews
“Gone For Good” (Live)
The Queen Of Telluride
The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival makes a point to mix up the lineup every year, and not have the same artist play consecutive years. The exception here is Anders Osborne, who has now played the festival 10 times in the last 17 years.
In 2017, Samantha Fish became another artist to get invited back in consecutive years, and has since been named “The Queen Of Telluride.” This brings to mind The King of Telluride, Sam Bush.
Bush has played in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival for over 40 years now, which is almost every year that that festival has been around. He has also written some songs in, and about, the Colorado mountain town. I’m not sure if Fish is expected to follow in his footsteps with her new title, but it would be nice to see her play in Telluride more in the future. Maybe, like, once a year. You know, for another 38 years or so.
Thanks for checking out these Samantha Fish videos, and I hope you enjoyed seeing what she can do alone with an acoustic. In a gondola.