Friday, June 21, 2024

Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton’s Stardust Sessions

Rock guitar dynamo Samantha Fish and outlaw country badass Jesse Dayton have joined forces for an upcoming album of collaborative music, due out in May 2023 via Rounder Records, and as a taster for that, this winter, is new EP, The Stardust Sessions.

It started out as an innocent co-writing session between the two musicians. They envisioned a sound that married the explosive blues with alt-rock. On the last day in their New Orleans studio, they jammed on some songs that embodied this musical aesthetic and were eager to hear how their voices and guitars meshed. So, they let tape roll, and the unexpected result was The Stardust Sessions. 

The pair recorded ‘Brand New Cadillac’, made famous by The Clash but originally written in the late 1950s by Vince Taylor, ‘I’ll Be Here in The Morning’ by Townes Van Zandt, and ‘Feelin’ Good’ by Magic Sam.

Joining them in the studio were bassist Austin Clements (Omari Neville), and drummer Mike Dillon (Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool Garage Jazz Band), with Rueben Williams wearing the producer’s hat. The Stardust Sessions will precede a full-length album containing 10 new original songs written by the pair and produced by the legendary Jon Spencer. The album, Death Wish Blues, will be released in late spring via Rounder Records.

On 3rd December, the wild pair hit the ground running, playing together at Bakersfield in the USA, followed by a gig today at LA’s famed Whiskey-A-Go Go – This show will be streamed live, with tickets available here.

An award-winning singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist, Samantha Fish has released six albums over the course of her career, with 2021’s Faster and 2019’s Kill or Be Kind both appearing on Rounder Records.

Jesse Dayton has been bringing his unique mashup of East Texas/Louisiana blues, old-school country, and punk rock to the world since he released his debut album in 1995. His debut LP Raising Cain reached Number 1. He’s toured with the likes of Social Distortion, recorded with legends such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Willie Nelson and recorded three soundtracks for filmmaker Rob Zombie.

You can check out the video for ‘Brand New Cadillac’ by Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton right here at RAMzine and The Stardust Sessions is available here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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