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Samantha Crain

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Samantha Crain was raised in rural Shawnee, OK, a town whose remote location influenced her quirky, earthy interpretation of folk music. Although inspired by the sounds of her father's music collection, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, an adolescent Crain took even greater solace in the music of her home state, from the rootsy Americana of Woody Guthrie to the sonic experiments of the Flaming Lips. She later enrolled at Oklahoma Baptist University, where she spent several semesters working toward a degree in English literature before registering for a semester-long songwriting retreat. Located off-campus at Martha's Vineyard, the program allowed Crain to transform herself into a songwriter with a knack for narrative storytelling. She then returned home, where unpaid student loans convinced her to pursue a career in music instead. Ramseur Records took note of Crain's work schedule, which saw her crisscrossing the country with guitar in tow, and ultimately offered her a spot on the label. The Confiscation, a mature EP featuring harmonica, tambourine, lap steel guitar, and Crain's unembellished vocals, marked her Ramseur debut in 2007.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
08.02.15 Broadcast Glasgow, Glg UK
08.03.15 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, Yorkshire UK
08.04.15 Gullivers Manchester Manchester, Man UK
08.05.15 Louisiana Bristol Bristol, Avn UK
08.06.15 Sebright Arms London, Lnd UK

eMusic Features


Interview: Samantha Crain

By Stephen M. Deusner, Contributor

Samantha Crain doesn't mess around in the studio. The Shawnee, Oklahoma, native recorded her previous album, 2010's breakout You (Understood), in just six days. For her latest, Kid Face, she spent a whopping seven days working with producer John Vanderslice at San Francisco's famed Tiny Telephone studio. That quick approach allows her to capture a particular moment — songs as journal entries, tied to specific dates and events — but it also means her songs… more »


Who Is…Samantha Crain

By Laura Leebove, Managing Editor

Samantha Crain's sophomore LP was supposed to be an alt-country record in the same vein as Songs In The Night, her full-length debut with her band the Midnight Shivers. But after the Shivers split, the 23-year-old singer/songwriter — who only started playing music in her late teens — scrapped her new material and started from scratch. The result is You (Understood), a folk-rock album with more electric guitars and driving choruses in songs like "Holdin'… more »


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  • 08.02.15 RT @fulltimehobby: Tonight - Samantha Crain @sjcrain plays Broadcast in Glasgow!
  • 08.02.15 See you tonight Glasgow!!!!! https://t.co/xgrbmFwmaH
  • 08.01.15 RT @ethelbainbridge: @musicmaniastoke @sjcrain Under branch & Thorn & tree is one of THE albums of the year!!
  • 08.01.15 RT @musicmaniastoke: Albums Of The Month: http://t.co/Ky33IxOx4N 5. @JasonIsbell 'Something More Than Free' . 6. @sjcrain 'Under Branch & …
  • 08.01.15 RT @elbanev: Gah, @sjcrain's "You or Mystery" off of her latest album exquisitely captures a feeling that I get a lot about people without …
  • 07.31.15 RT @SouthernFriedPH: Still up music lovers? Late&SFried still going @ the salutation with @MeagBlanchard @YolaCarterUK and @sjcrain #SFried…
  • 07.31.15 RT @BrownLynton: @sjcrain Just got the superb heavy U.S vinyl copy. JV has done a great production as usual. Pity you can't get to Southsea…
  • 07.31.15 RT @ethelbainbridge: @sjcrain have played the record continuously and it just gets better and better! Awesome. The vinyl sound is so cool!
  • 07.31.15 If you ever want to feel like a crappy singer, trying singing @DollyParton songs...loooord
  • 07.31.15 RT @DiffuserFM: Read our review of @sjcrain’s ‘Under Branch & Thorn & Tree’ here: http://t.co/cGk2ytmsZO http://t.co/8hZvbeveXq