"I don't know if I have necessarily carved out my own niche yet, but I'm starting to get a loyal fanbase," Samantha Fish says on a Thursday afternoon in May (2010) at Hannibal's Waldo Bar on Wornall Road, where she plays weekly blues jams. The sessions, which are often standing-room-only, are led by Fish and her bandmates, drummer Danny Montero and bassist Paul Greenlease. In a genre where legends wail scorching melodies past the age of 80, the 21-year-old Fish is still a kid. But the bubbly, slender blonde, who has been playing guitar for six years, is taking the Kansas City blues scene by the balls. Fish's sultry voice and rootsy, groove-oriented sound aren't quite Delta, Chicago or KC in style but an amalgamation, with room for Tom Waits, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm.