Light the Fire

Samantha Jean

This album is a mix of favorites from the Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing genres that celebrate the artists hero's and influences.

At five years of age Samantha Jean told her mother she wanted to play the fiddle and become a bluegrass musician. Fourteen years later Samantha is a champion contest fiddler, having won multiple state championships in her age group, as well as other prestigious contests such as the Tennessee Valley Fiddler's Convention, and also winning the overall championship at the Smoky Mountain Fiddler's Convention at the age of sixteen. Samantha has shared the stage with J.D. Crowe, The McLain Family band, Dean Osborne, and Jesse McReynolds, and has opened for John Conlee and the Gibson Brothers. In addition to being an accomplished fiddler, Samantha sings both lead and harmony vocals, and can pick mandolin as well as 6-string and tenor guitars. Her musical interests include bluegrass, country, Celtic, and western swing - with a special love for the music of Bob Wills. Samantha studied traditional music under the tutelage of Raymond McLain at Morehead State University. She is active in several bands including Southland Drive, her own band - Firegate 33, and has toured all over the world.

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