Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton GRAMMY® Nominated for “Best Contemporary Blues Album”

Article Contributed by Devious Planet | Published on Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton, the two acclaimed songwriters and modern-day guitar heroes behind the chart-topping album Death Wish Blues, have received a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the Contemporary Blues Category. The 2024 GRAMMYs will be held on Feb 4th at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles, with Death Wish Blues in the running for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Full of swagger, bravado, and superb musicianship, Death Wish Blues was released by Rounder Records in May 2023 and instantly found its way to the top of the Billboard Blues charts. A Number 1 hit in multiple countries, Death Wish Blues captures the synergy and free-flowing nature of Fish and Dayton's musical partnership as they work with producer Jon Spencer to expand beyond the boundaries of blues, rock, soul, and Americana.

"Jesse, Jon, and I worked so hard to bring this album to life," says Fish. "It was a true collaboration. I have been so proud of this work since we left the studio. I felt like we had something special, and I'm thrilled that the GRAMMYs are recognizing it. Thank you, it's such an honor." Dayton concurs, “Samantha, our producer Jon Spencer, and I, all worked hard to create something that could take blues guitar in a new direction. I’m so humbled our record is being recognized by the GRAMMYs.”

The pair have been spreading their gospel since the December 2023 release of The Stardust Sessions. The E.P. kicked off a year of unforgettable sold-out shows in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia, making them international sensations. In late November, they will hit the road with Jon Spencer and Eric Johanson for the ‘Shake ‘Em All Down’ tour.


Hailing from Kansas City, MO, Samantha Fish is one of the most dynamic blues forces in the world today, headlining festivals and captivating audiences with her guitar prowess and power vocals. The Kansas City Hall of Famer and Blues Music Award-winner performs 200 shows yearly, domestically, and abroad. Death Wish Blues is her 7th album. Austinite Jesse Dayton’s multi-decade career highlighting his work as a chart-topping songwriter, guitar hero, author, movie director, screenwriter, frontman, sideman, producer, and road warrior. The roots-rock renaissance man has collaborated with artists of all stripes, from Samantha Fish to country music icons (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings), rock & roll hell-raisers (Guns 'N Roses' Duff McKagan, Glenn Danzig), and even horror movie filmmakers (Rob Zombie). Jesse, has played on hundreds of albums, has released 14 solo records and is looking forward to releasing a new L.P. this Spring on Blue Elan Records.