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Samantha Fish w. The Jesse Dayton

  • Dates: December 8, 2022
  • Times: Doors open at 7pm; Show starts at 8pm
  • Admission: Regular Reserved $37; VIP Reserved $57; VIP Table (up to 4 people) $280
  • Harvester Performance Center
    450 Franklin Street
    Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Phone: 540-484-8277
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Samantha Fish

Over the course of her career as an award-winning artist, singer/songwriter/guitarist Samantha Fish has brought extraordinary power to her self-expression, capturing her inner world in combustible riffs, visceral rhythms, and spine-tingling vocal work. On her new album Faster, she joins forces with superproducer Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting) and imbues even more intensity into her electrifying brand of blues/rock-and-roll. With Fish accompanied by legendary drummer Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) and bassist Diego Navaira of The Last Bandoleros, the result is a singular body of work both irresistibly galvanizing and emotionally raw.

The follow-up to 2019’s Kill or Be Kind (Fish’s Rounder Records debut), Faster came to life at the famed Village Studios in Los Angeles, where she and Kierszenbaum uncovered new possibilities in her captivating sound. “Kansas City played a major part in bringing us together: I was born and raised in KC and Martin has some familial ties. Shortly after being introduced last year, we had a conversation about making an album,” she recalls. “His track record was perfect for what I wanted to do with this album, which was to expand into different genres while retaining the roots I’d built in the blues world.” Revealing her affinity for North Mississippi blues heroes like R.L. Burnside and wildly inventive iconoclasts like Prince, the album ultimately embodies an unbridled energy true to its emotional core. “The whole record has a theme of taking charge and taking the reins, in a relationship or in life in general,” says Fish. “I really thought that after 2020 I’d end up with a really dismal, bleak album, but instead, we came up with something that’s fun and sexy and so empowering.”

The Jesse Dayton Band

Equally steeped in Texas/Louisiana blues, old-school country and punk-rock, Dayton is the music world’s best-kept secret, a road warrior touring alongside acts as diverse as George Strait, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, the Supersuckers and John Doe and a sought-after session player and sideman hiding in plain sight as a guitarist for Waylon Jennings, Duff McKagan, Johnny Cash, Ryan Bingham, Glenn Danzig and L.A. punk pioneers X.  Dayton has over 50 songs licensed to films and has written and directed a feature film and published a memoir on Hachette Book Group aptly titled Beaumonster, in reference to his hometown of Beaumont, TX.

It's perhaps fitting that the first ever Billboard Americana #1 album was Jesse’s 1995 debut, Raisin’ Cain. The hard-to-define Americana genre is itself a melting pot of other, perhaps purer, styles of music. Yet Jesse’s music casts an even wider net. His 13 solo records have common threads of outlaw country, punk rock energy, and East Texas blues. His guitar skills are imposing, his songwriting reverent and opinionated, and his voice as big and welcoming as a Texan saying “Hey ya’ll!”.

Inducted in 2022 into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, Dayton’s life story reads like a “who's who” of American music. In his debut memoir Beaumonster, Dayton reveals the stranger-than-fiction encounters and outlandish experiences that have ensued across his wide-ranging career. After being discovered at a Beaumont dive bar by Clifford Antone, owner of iconic Austin’s Home of the Blues, Dayton’s trio began packing clubs and theaters across Houston, Dallas, and Austin. His first solo record—featuring great luminaries like Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, and Johnny Gimble—hit #1 on the Americana Radio Charts, and then he was off to the races, touring the world as an opener for punk legends Social Distortion, The Supersuckers, and X, and helping with arrangements and guitar on The Supersuckers’ biggest selling record, “Must’ve Been High.” While doing press in Nashville, he caught the attention of Waylon Jennings and was whisked off to Woodland Studios, where he was greeted by none other than Johnny Cash, who tells Dayton: “We’ve been waiting for you.”

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Samantha Fish w. The Jesse Dayton
  • 450 Franklin Street
  • Rocky Mount, VA 24151
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  • Harvester Performance Center
  • Regular Reserved $37; VIP Reserved $57; VIP Table (up to 4 people) $280