Friday, March 22, 2019
Samantha Fish with Jonathan Long
3rd and Lindsley
Sun, Mar 17 8:00 pm

Samantha Fish: After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha Fish quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world.  Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions. The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.”  Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.” Jonathan Long: Sportswriters are fond of saying they don’t root for teams so much as they root for storylines. Writing about music is similar, in that you tend to think in terms of the story of an album as much as you think about the music itself. Which is why it’s such a lovely thing when a release unexpectedly grabs you. Jonathan Long’s self-titled third album is one such album. Long is a singer/guitarist with a beautiful, expressive voice that sounds a bit like a less raspy Ryan Bingham. It’s not just the technical quality, but the emotional honesty with which Long sings. That’s what grabs the listener and doesn’t let go. Because the album doesn’t have many other hooks. The songs and melodies are great, but not exceptional. The production, by blues legend Samantha Fish, is solid, but relatively innocuous. Instead, Jonathan Long’s has made a great album just by performing, and, of course capturing, a great album. It’s low-concept and effective. It’s also something not enough artists can pull off.-Steven Ovadia

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