CHARLESTOWN — Samantha Fish, Little Feat and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas are just some of the musicians set to perform on stages at the annual Rhythm & Roots Festival this weekend at Ninigret Park.
Little Feat, the legendary band that took shape in 1969 (when Frank Zappa suggested Lowell George quit the Mothers of Invention and start his own band), will perform songs from their album “Waiting For Columbus 45th Anniversary Tour” on Sunday evening .
Also on Sunday, Samantha Fish, the 33-year-old Kansas City musician who was recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world by Guitar World, will take to the Rhythm stage.
Fish, who grew up in Missouri and discovered her love for songwriting in her late teens, took a few minutes from her tour last week to talk about her music, her influences and her upcoming appearance. at Rhythm & Roots. .
Although she has performed at Fall River and Chan’s at Woonsocket, this will be her first time in Charlestown and she is ready to connect with Rhythm & Roots audiences, she said.
“It’s going to be really fun,” she said. “I’ll be playing from my latest album, ‘Faster’, and showcasing some upcoming stuff.”
“Faster,” Fish’s sixth album, was produced by Martin Kierszenbaum of Lady Gaga and Sting, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues chart, No. 2 on the Folk Americana chart, and No. 10 on the Rock Albums charts.
The album “ultimately embodies an unbridled energy true to its emotional core,” she said.
“The whole record is about taking charge and taking charge, in a relationship or in life in general,” Fish said. “I really thought that after 2020 I would end up with a really gloomy and dark album, but instead we came up with something fun and sexy and amazing.”
Fish said one of the greatest joys of making music is the exchange of energy during his live shows, which are known to be full of power.
“I fell in love with music going to shows, and I know how cathartic it can be,” she said. “It heals your heart.”
“When I perform live, I just want people to forget about everyone else and feel the same joy I feel on stage,” said Fish, who is inspired by Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
“My musical tastes are actually all over the place,” Fish said with a laugh. “The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters…I like classic rock, I like country…blues, punk, pop.
“I listened to the radio all the time. I listened to anything and everything with a good melody and a good tune.”
Other favorites are northern Mississippi blues heroes like RL Burnside and “wildly inventive iconoclasts” like Prince.
And while the festival kicks off in Charlestown on Friday with a performance by John “Papa” Gros – a keyboardist, singer and songwriter from New Orleans who draws inspiration from funk, rhythm & blues and American chanson – he will officially kick off Thursday night at the Knick.
As has been the case for several years, the Knick will host “the official launch party” with Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas on stage this year.
Nathan Williams, who formed the Cha-Chas in 1985, plays this fast and furious accordion dance music of the Creole people of southern Louisiana known as zydeco. A relatively modern style that emerged after World War II, with its rubber drumming, electric guitars and R&B influences, zydeco is distinct from the fiddle music of neighboring Cajuns, according to Williams’ website.
Williams has brought his unique take on this regional music from South Louisiana to every corner of the world, according to Knick’s website, “From Lincoln Center in New York to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Nathan’s music has crossed every barriers to speaking to the heart of his audience.”
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2005, Williams received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zydeco Music Association last year. The Cha-Chas were voted the best festival band in the country and won the coveted Big Easy award for best Zydeco band for several years in a row.