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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.


Samantha Crain (born August 15, 1986) is an American songwriter, musician, producer, and singer from Shawnee, Oklahoma, signed with Ramseur Records (North America) and Full Time Hobby Records (UK/Europe).

Early life and education[edit]

Crain was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma and is of Choctaw heritage. She attended Grove School in Shawnee and Dale High School in Dale, Oklahoma. Crain taught herself to play guitar and wrote songs based on her short stories the summer before her senior year at Dale High School. Crain began touring when she was 19.

^ "Samantha Crain on Mountain Stage". NPR Music. NPR. June 23, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010. ^ Brandy McDonnell (4 July 2008). "Samantha Crain feels Woody Guthrie's influence". NewsOK. 


Crain made the news in 2014 for staging a peaceful protest against the band Pink Pony, whose singer is the daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Christina Fallin had previously defended act of being photographed in a feather headdress, when called out for cultural appropriation by upset Native Americans. When “I heard Pink Pony was wearing full regalia tonight.” was posted by the band, to their own Facebook page, Crain said, "whether it was a publicity stunt or not, we needed to rally together” and organized a protest where demonstrators stood to the side of the stage, holding signs bearing messages like “Don’t tread on my culture” and “I am not a costume”. Ultimately the outcry led to Governor Fallin issuing a statement against her daughter's actions.

^ Wofford, Jerry. "Christina Fallin's band sparks controversy with performance at Norman Music Festival". Tulsa World. ^ Adler, Lindsey. "Daughter Of Oklahoma Governor Provokes Protests Over Her Use Of Native American Symbols". 

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
04.30.15 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK US
05.18.15 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA US
05.19.15 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 New York, NY US
05.20.15 Highline Ballroom New York, NY US

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 »


36 Songs To Soothe the Pain

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Whether you're happily married or told Cupid to shove it a long time ago, we can all agree on one thing: to quote the one-and-only Nazareth, "Love hurts/ Love scars/ Love wounds/ And mars." Or something. That's why we went ahead and compiled a list of 36 Songs To Soothe the Pain, from the bloodletting confessionals of Neko Case, Bright Eyes and Sunny Day Real Estate to the melancholic melodies of Sigur Rós, the Shangri-Las… 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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