By Alma Reed
Written by Wes Lytz
Contemporary blues phenoms Samantha Fish and Jonathon Long played one of a string of sold out shows at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley; and on St. Patrick’s of all days. Green beer and blues, the two most important colors in the visible spectrum.
Guitar Center’s 2011 King Of The Blues winner Jonathon Long opened to an overflowing 3rd and Lindsley audience. Neither words on a blog nor sounds and moving images on a Youtube video will ever approximate the power of Mr. Longs performance. What was witnessed this night was something akin to a blues explosion, shooting note and song shrapnel in all directions, slicing through flesh and penetrating the bones of anyone within earshot. Mr. Long’s guitar prowess is phenomenal and there’s nothing he can’t do vocally. He’s good, he knows it, and he likes to show off.
2018 Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year Samantha Fish answers that deep question we’ve all had in our more inspired moments: How would you describe Marilyn Monroe and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s illegitimate love child, or a deepfake of Jaime Pressly and Zakk Wylde, or combined the Chuck Berry and Mamie Van Doren samples at the fertility clinic. You can play this game all day long… suitable for long, quiet road trips.
Not to be outdone by the opening act, Ms. Fish plays an amazing set to an adoring audience. With a full band in tow, including electric keys and a horn section, the performance electrifies leaving the audience captivated. Miss this show at your own peril!