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| 6 December 2023 | Reply


Guitar badass Samantha Fish returns to Australia in May 2024 alongside outlaw country maverick Jesse Dayton, her collaborator on the now Grammy Award nominated Death Wish Blues album, for what’s sure to be an amazing ride.

Fish and Dayton got together via an innocent co-writing session. They envisioned a sound that married the explosive blues with alt-rock. Out of this came an EP of covers, The Stardust Sessions. Following soon thereafter was Death Wish Blues, the duo’s fully realised collaboration, which topped the Billboard Blues Chart for three consecutive weeks. The record, written by Samantha and Jesse, and produced by Jon Spencer [of his Blues Explosion fame], showcases the pair’s obvious chemistry and gritty vitality. They’ve since graced the cover of Vintage Guitar and have received raves from Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Forbes, No Depression and American Songwriter just to name a few.

Fish’s 2023 Australian headline tour saw big crowds and jaws on the floor across the country – this visit is bound to be a repeat of that – and then some, with the dynamic duo having toured worldwide to much acclaim since the release of the album.

‘Jesse Dayton and Samantha Fish makes the blues cool and current.’ – Rolling Stone

“They were simply brilliant together, a match made in heaven. Let’s hope this isn’t the last time they play together” – Rock & Blues Muse (USA)

“..Kicking off with a cover of MC5’s Kick out the Jams. What followed was nothing short of magical, a mesmerizing blend of blues, rock, country, and boogie – a true Southern-style sonic extravaganza.” – Rock News (UK)

Samantha Fish has released 6 albums throughout her acclaimed career, with 2019’s Faster and 2021’s Kill or Be Kind released via Rounder Records. Known first and foremost for her fretwork, Fish’s secret weapon is her intelligent and nuanced storytelling and ultra-vivid detail from carefully honing her craft.

Of her sound, Samantha declares, “It’s not pure rock and roll, it’s not pure blues, it’s not pure soul, it’s not pure pop — it’s a mixture of everything,” she says of her genre-bending sound. For Fish, one of the greatest joys of making music is the robust exchange of energy at her incendiary live shows. “I fell in love with music from going to shows, and I know how cathartic it can be. It heals your heart,” she says. “Anytime I play live, I just want to make people forget about everything else in the world and feel that same joy that I feel on stage.”

Jesse Dayton has been bringing his unique mashup of East Texas/Louisiana Blues, old-school country, and punk rock to the world since his debut album in 1995. 13 records later, he remains a staple on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country and the Americana Radio charts, where his debut LP, Raising Cain, reached #1.

Jesse’s career reads like a veritable “who’s who” of American music. He’s toured with Social Distortion, Supersuckers, George Strait, Ryan Bingham, and LA punk pioneers X. He’s recorded with legends such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Willie Nelson. He has also recorded three soundtracks for filmmaker Rob Zombie. You can read about Dayton’s storied past in his 2022 memoir, Beaumonster.

2024 Tour dates:

May 16 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
May 17 – Blues on Broadbeach
May 18 – Blues on Broadbeach
May 21 – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda
May 22 – Freo Social, Fremantle
May 24 – The Gov, Adelaide
May 25 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

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