Samantha Fish to release new studio album “Kill or Be Kind” on September 20th 2019

Samantha Fish Kill or Be Kind cover
Multi-Award-winning American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Samantha Fish releases her new single “Bulletproof” on Friday 12th July accompanied by a music video.

The single is taken from her upcoming album “Kill or Be Kind” – released on Friday 20th September on Rounder Records and distributed in the UK by Proper Music.

The album is now available for pre-order worldwide here. When pre-ordering the album, you receive “Bulletproof” as a free MP3 download.

Fish’s incendiary live performances have been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe. Now, with “Kill or Be Kind”, Fish is poised for a major breakthrough. The edgy roots music album was recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis and produced by three-time Grammy winner Scott Billington and mixed by two-time Grammy winner Steve Reynolds. Boasting 11 original songs ranging from the electric cigar box stomp of “Bulletproof” to the sweet Memphis R&B of “Trying Not to Fall in Love with You”, the album is sure to establish Fish as a potent force in roots music.

The Kansas City-born-and-bred musician flirts with tradition but pushes genre boundaries to create a sound that’s distinctly her own: “She Don’t Live Here Anymore”, co-written by Parker Millsap, features a Memphis soul underpinning with a sustained vibrato guitar sound that edges toward country. “Love Your Lies” persuasively straddles punk, rockabilly, and soul; while “You Got It Bad (Better Than You Ever Had)” is a classic blues rocker, thick with layered guitars and a cigar box solo. She shows off her range with the sweetly wistful "Dream Girl” and the cathartic, blues saturated “Farewell My Fair Weather”.

“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 her 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 album 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.

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 Fish.

“I think I’ve grown as a performer and as a player”, she explains. “I’ve become more respectful of the melody. You can go up and down the fret board 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”.

To help bring those elements to her music, Fish sought out high-quality songwriting collaborators – the likes of Jim McCormick (who has worked with Fish before and also written for Luke Bryan and Keith Urban); Kate Pearlman (who has worked with Kelly Clarkson); Patrick Sweeney; Parker Millsap; and Eric McFadden. The result is an album on which each song is distinct, but the complete work hangs together as a coherent, entirely satisfying statement. “When you get to this point in your life as an artist”, Fish says, “it’s good to work with others, because it makes you stretch. I think you hear a lot of that nuance on the record, songs that have a pop sensibility to them, hooks that really pull you in”.

To make “Kill or Be Kind”, Fish chose to work at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, with Scott Billington as producer. “I worked at Royal before, when I made my Wild Heart album”, she says. “The soul in the walls, the vibe – you can feel it in that place. I’m such a fan of Al Green, Ann Peebles and all the classic recordings that happened there. Memphis just kept calling to me. I’ve always felt so inspired there”. As for Billington, a three-time Grammy winner, Fish appreciated both his open-mindedness and his willingness to ease her out of her comfort zone. “Scott allowed me to see the building-out process of the album all the way through, from the top to the bottom”, she says. “Bringing in background singers and synthesizers, which I’d never done on an album before, that added an extra edge. Honestly, it was a challenge. It pushed me to think about the songs differently. That trust from my producer gave me the freedom to really take some risks”.

Tracklist:
1. Bulletproof
2. Kill or Be Kind 
3. Love Letters 
4. Watch it Die 
5. Trying Not to Fall in Love with You 
6. Fair-weather 
7. Love Your Lies 
8. Dream Girl 
9. She Don’t Live Around Here 
10. Dirty 
11. You Got It Bad

UK Tour Dates 2020:
Friday 28 February - St Lukes, Glasgow
Saturday 29 February - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sunday 1 March - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Tuesday 3 March - Gorilla, Manchester
Wednesday 4 March - The Globe, Cardiff
Thursday 5 March - Islington Assembly Hall, London
Friday 6 March - The Waterfront, Norwich
Saturday 7 March - Trinity, Bristol
Sunday 8 March - Concorde, Brighton

Weblinks:
www.samanthafish.com
www.facebook.com/samanthafishmusic