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Keith Richards, Mike Campbell from the
Heartbreakers, Angus Young, Black Crowes,
Duane Allman, and I tried to play like Slash
long before I should have. When I started
getting into blues, I fell in love with Freddie
King and Hubert Sumlin. Going backwards,
I really love some of the weird tunings Skip
James was playing in. And there were country
guitar players I got hooked on, like Vince Gill
and Brad Paisley.
When I was learning to sing, I was channeling soul singers. When I started writing songs,
I fell in love with the way country songs were
written and the heartfelt delivery, the poetry.
How was the Fishcaster born?

SAMANTHA FISH
Blues Belle Stretches Out

What music first grabbed you?

My family was rock-and-rollers. So our CD
collection was AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, and
going back from them were people like the
Stones, and everything was so blues-centric
- and we didn't even know. Later, I got into
alternative rock and realized how heavily Jack
White and the Black Keys were influenced by
North Mississippi. I fell in love with that kind
of blues music first. There was this punk-rock
raw attitude about it. That's how I found the
North Mississippi All Stars and (producer)
Luther Dickinson. Then you trace it back to

What amps and pedals do you use?

Delta blues, where all that stuff comes from.
We went to this tiny club in Clarksdale called
Red's, and T-Model Ford was playing. He was
amazing - so raw and so real.
Were you involved in Kansas City's music
scene?

I was so quiet and shy in high school, nobody
knew I played guitar until the last week of
my senior year. The idea of being a frontman
now - if I'd have thought that when I was a
kid, "That's not gonna happen." My father and
his friends all played guitar. When I started
picking up my sister's acoustic at 15, I started
singing at the same time. I never really knew
that I had a voice; I never sang, other than
singing in choir in church. But there were
lots of jams in Kansas City and cool clubs like
Knuckleheads - still one of my favorite clubs
in the world. That's where I first saw music
as a tangible career. When I'd see rock stars
on TV, I didn't know how to get from Point A
to Point B. But when you start going out and
enjoying the live experience, it's happening
right in front of you and you think, "I can
do this. I can start here and work my way to
where I want to go."
Who were your early guitar influences?

We listened to the radio, so there was

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March 2018

A Category 5 Andrew amp with a 12 and a
10. For pedals, I have an MXR Carbon Copy,
Electro-Harmonix Micro-POG octave pedal,
Cast Engineering Pulse Drive tremolo, Cast Engineering Casper Delay, LR Baggs Para Acoustic
DI, JHS Mini Foot Fuzz, Analogman King Of
Tone overdrive that sounds awesome, and a
Hungry Robot Buffer to clean up the signal.
Talk about playing with the Healers, the
supergroup featuring Reese Wynans and
others who've raised money to provide
musical instruments for children with
cancer and other serious challenges.

The late John Catt founded Blue Star Connection. He saw what music therapy programs
were doing for kids in hospitals. Giving kids
a focus and having music in their lives really
helped their physical health and well-being.
The Healers did a few benefit concerts, including a live CD and DVD from Knuckleheads,
to raise money to get instruments and music
therapy for kids in hospitals all over the
country. It's a feel-good operation, for sure.
It's gone through different incarnations, but
as long as (saxophonist) Jimmy Hall is in it, it's
the Healers. I feel like music is the connecting
language for everyone in the world - something
everyone can understand and enjoy. It helps
you find peace. - Dan Forte

Samantha Fish: Michael Emanuele.

I

n 2012, Samantha Fish's Runaway was
named Best Artist Debut at the Blues Music
Awards. Known for her energetic blues-rock
concerts, she released two departures in 2017
- the R&B-tinged Chills And Fever and some
country/Americana on Belle Of The West - and
is a nominee for Vintage Guitar's 2017 Readers
Choice Award for Blues Player of the Year.
But the 28-year-old Kansas City native and
New Orleans resident assures, "Every album
so far has just been another layer of something
that was inspiring me. The guitar didn't go
anywhere. We still dish it out pretty heavy
in the show."

Mike Zito recommended me to Mike Delaney, who called and said, "I want to make
you a signature guitar." I really wanted a semihollow Telecaster with humbuckers, and he did
a custom (fish-shaped) sound hole. He makes
a V-style neck, but it was a little chunky for
me, so he made the neck to my specifications.
I also have a Delaney 512, which is like a
335 but smaller, like a 339, and it has the same
Amalfitano humbuckers. Recording Belle Of
The West, sonically, my Telecaster didn't really
fit the profile of the album, so I used a bunch
of Luther's guitars. After those sessions, I
called Delaney and said, "I want something
hollowbody."


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