The “Belle of the West” is coming East to Stanhope.
Samantha Fish, whose career continues to soar, brings her special blend of the blues to the iconic Stanhope House on Tuesday Dec. 12.
Fish has appeared in the Warren County area several times in the past few years, drawing sell out and near sell out crowds every time. She twice performed at the Blues Bash at Centenary University to incredibly enthusiastic crowds.
Fresh off the release of her newest album, “Belle of the West,” Fish is ready to unleash the blues like no other when she comes to nearby Stanhope. The new album touches on her midwestern upbringing and a new twist to her musical resume.
“You should always get outside of the box,” said Fish. “Challenging yourself is how you grow.”
Having already made it clear that she’s more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumphs, Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with Belle of the West, her fifth studio album. The deeply soulful, personally charged 11-song set showcases Fish’s sublime acoustic guitar skills as well as her rootsy, emotionally resonant songwriting.
Such memorable new originals as “American Dream,” “Blood in the Water,” “Need You More” and others on the recording demonstrate Fish’s knack for organic American songcraft.
“To me this is a natural progression,” said Fish. “It’s a storytelling record by a girl who grew up in the Midwest. It’s very personal. I really focused on the songwriting and the vocals, melodies and emotion, and on bringing another dimension to what I do. I wasn’t interested in just shredding on the guitar. I love Mississippi blues; there’s something very soulful and very real about that style of music, so this was a chance to immerse myself in that.”
After launching her recording career in 2009, 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.”
Musical imagination and creativity is definitely what Fish is all about.
For tickets and other information, visit www.stanhopehousenj.com.