Samantha Fish : Runaway

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 year’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 “Down in the Swamp,” and doesn’t look back.  She doles out dirty swing on the title track, and struts with authority on “Money to Burn,” all the while delivering impressive, low-cut blues licks. The album-closing “Feelin’ Alright” showcases Fish’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.