Samantha Fish went on a journey in making her third album, "Wild Heart." Literally.
The blues-rock artists from Kansas city recorded the set in four different facilities, including legendary Royal and Argent studios in Memphis and in producer Luther Dickinson's Zebra Ranch in the Mississippi hill country. "It was kind of a pilgrimage, this album," Fish, 26, acknowledges by phone while driving through upstate New York. "We had some incredible opportunities. It's humbling when you walk into these places, especially places like Royal Studios, where Al Green made all of his hits and his microphone is still there.
"So yeah, to walk into these places that I never in thought in a million years I'd get to walk into, and on top of that record and make my own music, that puts everything in perspective. It lets me know I'm on the right track."
Fish co-wrote five tracks for "Wild Heart," blending them with covers of songs by Charley Patton, R.L. Burnside and others. This time she also worked with a collaborator in Nashville -- Jim McCormick in Nashville, who's written songs for Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood, among others. It was another first for Fish, but one she says paid great dividends.
"I was really nervous to do it," Fish acknowledges. "I've always been stubborn about my songwriting; I want to do all of it, have my name on the songs. I think you should do that. So to go in there and work with somebody who's such a veteran, was a little intimidating.
"But we had great chemistry and got along great and had fun riffing back and forth with each other. The way (McCormick) writes is very focused on telling a story, and I learned a lot from that. It's something I full intend to do again."
Samantha Fish and the Steepwater Band
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.
Callahan's Music Hall, 2015 South Blvd., Auburn Hills.
Tickets are sold out.
Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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