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Samantha Fish to perform at The Beachland Ballroom with special guest Jontavious Willis – Thurs Aug 15th

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Samantha Fish with special guest Jontavious Willis perform at the Beachland Ballroom Thurs Aug 15th
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“That was my mission on this album: To really set these songs up so that they have a life of their own,” says Samantha Fish about Kill or Be Kind, her sixth solo album and her debut on Rounder Records. “Strong messages from the heart – that’s what I really set out for.” Indeed, what comes across immediately on hearing the album is the extraordinary level of songcraft on its eleven tracks, the way these songs are so smartly put together to deliver a potent emotional impact.

Anyone who has ever heard Fish’s previous albums knows that she has earned a place in the top rank of contemporary blues guitarists and that her voice can wring the soul out of a ballad and belt out a rocker with roof-shaking force. And, rest reassured, those virtues are fully in evidence on Kill or Be Kind. But each of the songs on the album does far more than simply provide a setting for Fish’s pyrotechnics. They tell captivating stories, set up by verses that deftly set the scene, choruses that lift with real feeling, and hooks that later rise up in your thoughts, even when you’re not aware that you’re thinking of music at all. It’s the kind of songwriting that emerges when raw talent is leavened by experience and aspiration, and when a committed artist genuinely has something to say. Those qualities make Kill or Be Kind a genuine artistic breakthrough for Fish.

“I think I’ve grown as a performer and as a player,” she explains. “I’ve become more respectful of the melody. You can go up and down the fret board and up and down your vocal register, but that’s not going to be as powerful as conveying a simple melody that people can really connect to and sing themselves.” To help bring those elements to her music, Fish sought out high-quality songwriting collaborators – the likes of Jim McCormick (who has worked with Fish before and also written for Luke Bryan and Keith Urban); Kate Pearlman (who has worked with Kelly Clarkson); Patrick Sweeney; Parker Millsap; and Eric McFadden. The result is an album on which each song is distinct, but the complete work hangs together as a coherent, entirely satisfying statement. “When you get to this point in your life as an artist,” Fish says, “it’s good to work with others, because it makes you stretch. I think you hear a lot of that nuance on the record, songs that have a pop sensibility to them, hooks that really pull you in.”

You get a good sense of the range the album covers from the first two songs released. Fish propels “Watch It Die” with an insistent guitar riff, but near the song’s end two female background singers lend the song a haunting soulful feel. Meanwhile, “Love Letters” moves on an insinuating, stop-time riff in its verses until it bursts in passion on its chorus. Both songs use horn sections for finesse and texture. “Love Letters” also introduces one of the album’s central themes: the allure of losing yourself in love – and the dangers of it. “Keep waking up in the bed I made,” Fish sings. “Forget the pain when you wanna play/I’m back to broken when you go away.”

“That’s just a love-sick song,” Fish says, laughing. “like I think I was when I wrote it.” The title track, a seductive ballad, offers a lover a stark choice: “Make up your mind/I can kill or be kind.” To explain that dichotomy, Fish says, “It’s funny how love can be so fickle, how quickly you go from object of affection to one of disdain. I’ve always found that dynamic interesting. That track is full of that duality,” she adds, laughing. “I also loved the Memphis sound of the horns on there. They sound modern, but it’s got this vintage feeling as well.” The songs “Dirty,” “Love Your Lies” and “Fair-Weather” explore similar themes – how deceit, self-deception and shifting expectations can alter the course of life and love. The affecting ballad “Dream Girl” stands the endearment of its title on its head and explores the dilemma of a love not coming to fruition. “I wish you’d take the rest of me,” Fish sings. “These tears, they kill your fantasy.” On “She Don’t Live Around Here Anymore,” a soul ballad once again bolstered by tasteful horn parts, the singer confronts the feeling of being used and finds empowerment in walking away.

The album is framed by songs — “Bulletproof” and “You Got It Bad (Better Than You Ever Had).” “Bulletproof digs into the theme of vulnerability, about it being mistaken for weakness, and how we often times feel the need to wear a mask to survive in the world today, while “You Got It Bad (Better Than You Ever Had)” is about working towards your dreams and the knifes edge we often walk to reach our goals.

“Trying Not to Fall in Love With You” finds the singer not wanting to rush a relationship – and therefore undermine it. “I fall fast,” Fish admits, “I have to remember to take care and not scare the person away.”

To make Kill or Be Kind, Fish chose to work at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, with Scott Billington as producer. “I worked at Royal before, when I made my Wild Heart album,” she says. “The soul in the walls, the vibe – you can feel it in that place. I’m such a fan of Al Green, Ann Peebles and all the classic recordings that happened there. Memphis just kept calling to me. I’ve always felt so inspired there.” As for Billington, a three-time Grammy winner, Fish appreciated both his open-mindedness and his willingness to ease her out of her comfort zone. “Scott allowed me to see the building-out process of the album all the way through, from the top to the bottom,” she says. “Bringing in background singers and synthesizers, which I’d never done on an album before, that added an extra edge. Honestly, it was a challenge. It pushed me to think about the songs differently. That trust from my producer gave me the freedom to really take some risks.”

Having completed an album that she believes in so strongly – “This is me coming through, my personality,” she says – Fish is eager to bring it to the world. “I got the moon in the back of my mind, and I want to shoot for it!” she declares. “I want to reach over genre lines and get out to as many people as possible. This album is so broad – and it’s all me. So I’m just hoping it catches people and appeals to them.”

She concludes, “Overall my big goal, career-wise, is to contribute something different and new to music. I want to give something that stands apart and yet is timeless.” With Kill or Be Kind, Samantha Fish is well on her way along that path. – Anthony DeCurtis

Every generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul.

At the age of 22, bluesman JONTAVIOUS WILLIS may be the one.

“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” Taj Mahal said after inviting Jontavious to play on stage in 2015. “He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.”

“When I heard him play I said to myself: this is how the blues, as I know it, is going to stay alive,” said Paul Oscher.

“Only a few like him emerge every decade or so, when even the most hard core blues fans realize immediately that this is the real deal,” writes Frank Matheis in Living Blues Magazine.

Hailing from Greenville, Ga., Jontavious grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. That’s when he set his course on the blues. All types — Delta, Piedmont, Texas, gospel. As a fingerpicker, flat-picker and slide player. On guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box.

And four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage.

Currently Jontavious is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most weekends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.

Venue Information:
Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44110

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Reveals Daily Set Times and Stages

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The Second Annual INKCARCERATION: Taking Place July 12-14, 2019 at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory | GET TICKETS HERE!


INKCARCERATION 2019 to Also Feature:

70+ Tattoo Artists

Food Trucks & Beverages

Tent & RV Camping

“Escape from Blood Prison” Haunted House Attraction

+ More!

The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will return to the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH, on July 12, 13 and 14! This year’s massive line-up will be led by none other than colossal rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch. Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison.

Today, INKCARCERATION has revealed the daily set times and stages for performing bands!


Friday July 12th:

Doors at 3:00 PM


Main Stage

10:00 – 11:15: Shinedown

8:50 – 9:40: Taking Back Sunday

7:40 – 8:30: Skillet

6:00 – 6:30: Fozzy

4:50 – 5:20: Awake at Last

3:40 – 4:10: Broken Hands


Second Stage

6:40 – 7:35: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

5:25 – 5:55: The Funeral Portrait

4:15 – 4:45: The Everyday Losers


Saturday July 13th:

Doors at 12:00 PM


Main Stage

9:30 – 11:00: Godsmack

8:00 – 9:00: +Live+

6:05 – 7:00: Motionless in White

4:45 – 5:25: Red Sun Rising

3:25 – 4:05: Buckcherry

2:10 – 2:45: Light the Torch

1:00 – 1:30: Titans in Time


Second Stage

7:05 – 7:55: Andrew WK

5:30 – 6:00: Stabbing Westward

4:10 – 4:40: Eyes Set to Kill

2:50 – 3:20: Raven Black

1:35 – 2:05: Monster Dolls

12:25 – 12:55; Impending Lies


Sunday July 14th:

Doors at 12:00 PM


Main Stage

9:30 – 11:00: Five Finger Death Punch

8:00 – 9:00: Seether

6:05 – 7:00: I Prevail

4:45 – 5:25: Starset

3:25 – 4:05: Issues

2:10 – 2:45: Smile Empty Soul

1:00 – 1:30: Scattered Hamlet


Second Stage

7:05 – 7:55: P.O.D.

5:30 – 6:00: From Ashes to New

4:10 – 4:40: Kerbera

2:50 – 3:20: Beyond Unbroken

1:35 – 2:05: Monster Dolls

12:25 – 12:55: Rivals 


In addition, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will host 15 gourmet food trucks serving up the most delicious local eats! This year’s festival will feature Island Noodles, Smash Time Food Truck, Chicky Chicky Waffle, Zaki Food Truck, Swat Food Truck and Catering, Bistro de Mohr, Pizza Cottage, Three Lil Piggies BBQ, The Gaucho & The Gringa, OH Pizza and Pretzels, Loops Food Truck, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dogs, Graeters Ice Cream, Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food and Gorilla Gurt! Visit to learn more about what each truck has to offer! 

While the stages and food trucks will be busy outside, INKCARCERATION will feature 70 local and regional tattoo artists tattooing all weekend inside the reformatory. Appointments are recommended if there is a specific artist you would like to work with. Visit for information on how to book your appointment and to see a full list of featured tattoo shops, companies and artists. Tattoo competition details and judges will be announced soon. 

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival‘s incredibly unique festival setting – the historic Ohio State Reformatory – is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year). The Ohio State Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience!

Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but INKCARCERATION will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive!

INKCARCERATION 2019 Ticketing Details:

All available via https://!


Now offering MILITARY DISCOUNTS via GovX (12% off Weekend Tickets Only)

Visit GovX here to buy tickets! 

Single Day General Admission (Early Bird)

ONE General Admission Wristband includes:

– Field pass for concert

– Access to the tattoo convention

– Self-guided reformatory tours.

Starting at $65


Weekend General Admission

ONE 3-day General Admission Wristband includes:

– Field pass for concert the entire weekend

– Access to the tattoo convention

-Self-guided reformatory tours.

Price $199    


In April, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival was awarded Mansfield, Ohio’s prestigious Tourism Award of Excellence, and has been recognized by the United States House of Representatives, Ohio Senate, State of Ohio Representatives and Congressional Proclamation.


“The job the crew at INKCARCERATION did coming out of the gate demanded to be recognized,” says Destination Mansfield President Lee Tasseff. “Our organization has worked with national events over the years, but nothing compared to the level of professionalism demonstrated in producing a head-turning concert event of the highest order on the iconic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory…it was and is a perfect match. The community can’t wait to witness this year’s festival!”


Susan Fisher, Co-Producer, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival, says, “We’re so honored to receive the Tourism Award of Excellence and be recognized by our Ohio State Representatives. We are grateful to our partners at Destination Mansfield who, along with Mansfield City officials, our local hotel partners and hundreds of Richland County volunteers, are gearing up to help us welcome our festival guests to a bigger and better INKCARCERATION 2019, from all around the world — as far as New Zealand.”


In its first year, INKCARCERATION brought enormous entertainment to over 18,000 fans, and this year, the festival aims even higher.


Stay tuned for more news coming soon about INKCARCERATION 2019!

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival online:

Website –

Tickets (Field, Camping & VIP) –

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The Historic Ohio State Reformatory online:


INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival is produced by Inkcarceration LTD.

NEW MUSIC: Thomas Rhett shares “Remember You Young” off CENTER POINT ROAD

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NEW MUSIC: Thomas Rhett shares “Remember You Young” off CENTER POINT ROAD



ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year and multi-PLATINUM selling performer Thomas Rhett continues to preview his most autobiographical album to date, CENTER POINT ROAD (The Valory Music Co.), ahead of its May 31 release with “Remember You Young” – a sweeping reflection of childhood friends, marriage and children, out today. Once again teaming up with chart-topping collaborators Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley (“Unforgettable, “Marry Me, “Life Changes”), fans can listen to the song here and pre-order limited edition album packages at Those who pre-ordered the album digitally will instantly receive the new track in addition to the previously available Top 15-and-climbing “Look What God Gave Her,” the “soulful, upbeat” (iHeartRadio) “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” feat Little Big Town and the “nostalgic” (Rolling Stone) “That Old Truck.”

“We wrote this song about the people in life that we love, and always remembering them in their youth no matter how much time passes and we all change,” Thomas Rhett said. “There’s something sentimental about remembering your very best friends who have real jobs and families now tearing it up in college, or picturing me and my wife with no cares at the Tin Roof back in Knoxville. I love that the last verse is a bit of twist with it all coming full circle. It actually makes me emotional…it’s easily one of my favorite tracks on the album.”

The upcoming album’s lead single “Look What God Gave Her” has already earned the highest chart debut of Thomas Rhett’s career. CENTER POINT ROAD connects fans to Thomas Rhett’s past, weaving together autobiographical stories with familiar sounds that have propelled his meteoric career. The highly-anticipated new music is the follow-up to the PLATINUM-certified smash LIFE CHANGES, which spawned a 2018 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album and has been streamed more than one billion times, delivering a slew of RIAA-certified PLATINUM and GOLD chart-toppers, bringing Thomas Rhett’s No. One tally to 12. Thomas Rhett was named country radio’s most played artist of 2018, following a CMA Triple Play award for penning three No. One songs within a 12-month period, adding to his collection of trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and more. On May 17th in Spokane, WA, he will kick off his headlining VERY HOT SUMMER TOUR, visiting 40 stops across the nation. For more information on new music and upcoming tour dates, visit

M3 Rockfest – May 3rd, 4th and May 5th – coming quick!

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M3 Rockfest – May 3rd, 4th and May 5th – coming quick!

M3 Rock Festival starts with The Official M3 Kix-Off Party on Friday, May 3rd, featuring hometown heroes KIX (who have a perfect attendance record and have played every single year) along with special guest Heaven’s Edge. The full-blown 2019 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 4thand includes multiplatinum-selling internationally known ‘80s artists: Whitesnake, Warrant, Firehouse, Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses, Danger Danger, Kingdom Come, Autograph, and Tora Tora. BUT WAIT, there’s more! Come back Sunday, May 5th at for an all-new third day of M3 Rock, featuring Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Extreme, Skid Row, Quiet Riot, Vixen, Bang Tango, Vain, and more!