We continue to work on bringing the best experience possible to our venue throughout the rest of 2021. With that in mind, we feel that blues artists are always ready to capture our crowd with their performances. As we look forward to bringing some of the best blues artists to perform, the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association is proud to present Samantha Fish Live at The Kent Stage on October 24th this year!
“That was my mission on this album: to really set these songs up so that they have a life of their own,” says Samantha Fish about Kill or Be Kind, her sixth solo album and debut on Rounder Records. “Strong messages from the heart – that’s what I really set out for.” Indeed, what comes across immediately on hearing the record is the extraordinary level of songcraft on its eleven tracks; the way these songs are so smartly put together to deliver a potent emotional impact. This will be Samantha Fish's first appearance in Buffalo since her fast sellout at The Tralf in 2019, as part of her 30+ date national fall tour!
Anyone who has ever heard Fish’s previous albums knows that she has earned a place in the top rank of contemporary blues guitarists and that her voice can wring the soul out of a ballad and belt out a rocker with roof-shaking force. And, rest reassured, those virtues are fully in evidence on Kill or Be Kind. But each of the songs on the album does far more than simply provide a setting for Fish’s pyrotechnics. They tell captivating stories, set up by verses that deftly set the scene, choruses that lift with real feeling, and hooks that later rise up in your thoughts, even when you’re not aware that you’re thinking of music at all. It’s the kind of songwriting that emerges when raw talent is leavened by experience and aspiration, and when a committed artist genuinely has something to say. Those qualities make Kill or Be Kind a genuine artistic breakthrough for Samantha Fish.
“I think I’ve grown as a performer and as a player,” she continues. “I’ve become more respectful of the melody. You can go up and down the fretboard and up and down your vocal register, but that’s not going to be as powerful as conveying a simple melody that people can really connect to and sing themselves.”
Having completed an album that she believes in so strongly – “This is me coming through, my personality,” she says – Fish is eager to bring it to the world. “I got the moon in the back of my mind, and I want to shoot for it!” she declares. “I want to reach over genre lines and get out to as many people as possible. This album is so broad – and it’s all me. So I’m just hoping it catches people and appeals to them.”
She concludes, “Overall my big goal, career-wise, is to contribute something different and new to music. I want to give something that stands apart and yet is timeless.” With Kill or Be Kind, Samantha Fish is well on her way.
We here at The Kent Stage are very excited to welcome multi award winning blues artist Samantha Fish to perform live on our stage in October! Show Starts at 8 P.M., with both the doors & box office opening one hour prior. Until Covid-19 test numbers recede, we have implemented new Covid-19 policies in response to the rise in the Delta Variant. We will be administering temperature checks, mask recommendations for unvaccinated persons in attendance, as well as our newly installed completely touchless restrooms. As always we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at The Kent Stage very soon!