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Amanda Fish sings the blues for Slice jam

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 It saddens my heart just a little bit every time I have to say the Slice hosted the best show nobody saw.Amanda Fish and drummer Glen James hosted the Slice's open mic, Aug 9. Photo by  Richard Amery
this time, it was Kansas City based blues singer Amanda Fish and drummer Glen James hosted the jam on Thursday, which can be a hit or miss proposition. This time it was definitely a miss as Fish and about 10 people were on hand for the jam, with only one signing up to play.
 That allowed Fish and James to play a couple extended sets of music. I arrived in time to hear Fish play a haunting version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” on keyboards while James kept time.

 she switched to guitar for a solid set of heartfelt blues music, mostly from her brand new CD “Free.”

 She had a massive, resonant , soulful voice  which reminded me of Lindsay Beaver from the 24th Street Wailers and Edmonton’s Kimberley MacGregor.
Because it was just the two of them, her guitar playing was mainly rhythmic, though she broke out to play a couple wah wah drenched solos. James also broke out for a quick drum solo before they ended their first set with  a solid cover of the Cranberries’ Zombie,” which Fish said she  had just learned and was looking forward to playing.

after a break and one person getting up to play, Fish returned on her own to play a variety of blues and pop hits on keyboards including David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and  a tender version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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