Samantha Crain

On this, her third full-length release, Crain worked with musician/producer John Vanderslice and recorded in his San Francisco studio, Tiny Telephone in June, 2012. The 11 tracks, all penned by Crain, showcase her extraordinary confidence as a singer, a musician, and a gifted storyteller, rendered with a blue-collar authenticity.

While the tracks on You (Understood) each told a different story of an interaction with a particular person, time and place, Kid Face is an intimate look into the life, mind, heart and imagination of Crain. On the album, Samantha addresses the taking of precious private time ("Somewhere All The Time"), craving acknowledgement in reaching a place of personal responsibility for past transgressions ("Taught To Lie"), finally arriving on the threshold of new beginnings after a hard break up ("Never Going Back"), and the idea of offering love, encouragement and refuge to people who have lost themselves to inhumanity ("Ax").

"For the Miner" finds Crain conversing with and consoling singer-songwriter Jason Molina for all of the pain and 'beautiful sadness' that is inherent in his lyrics, while on "The Pattern Has Changed," she comes face to face with the times in life when one distinct moment changes everything, and how the consequences echo like ripples in a pool. Musicians on the album include Anne Lillis/drums, percussion, vocals; Brine Webb/bass, vocals; John Calvin Abney/piano, synthesizer, banjo; Daniel Foulks/violin, vocals; Kyle Reid/lap steel, cigar box guitar, electric guitar; Anna Ash/vocals, and Samantha on vocals, acoustic guitars and percussion.

On Kid Face, the Shawnee, OK bred, Choctaw Indian exudes a maturity, grace and gravitas that goes beyond her years, and has an honest, if sometimes fictionalized vision that is totally void of clichés. While she has been compared to Regina Spektor, Joanna Newsom and Bonnie Raitt, Kid Face feels like the truest expression of Samantha Crain as an artist.

"Samantha Crain writes folk music, but she belts out notes like she's singing R&B. Her rich enough to raise gooseflesh..." - Rolling Stone

“Crain’s voice is never less than fully engaged. It takes bravery to sing this openly and unadorned, and she deftly conveys the small-wonder pleasures and pains of everyday existence.” - SPIN

Shannon Hayden

As you are here reading this, you know already the deep and very personal meaning music can have. It is something we all enjoy and can be free to draw upon throughout our lives. At an early age I wanted to further my own experience and began studying music choosing the cello and later guitar. I was lucky and found technical challenges fairly easily overcome so it wasn’t a burden to develop a means for expression. Early success in competitions, though not wholly fulfilling in itself, resulted in working with great players like Janos Starker and, after high school, I started a graduate course of study with Aldo Parisot at Yale.

Focusing on modern works yielded new ideas. With a little technique and a mindset towards stripping away any excess baggage, an instrument and it’s player will make good travelling companions down new paths. Always together. Such travel makes you hungry for more, however, and I had an appetite for what microphones and pickups could do for my old acoustic instrument. I found the electrified cello equal to the guitar at providing new sounds along with new experimental opportunities and even surpassing it in many ways. Gear developed for the guitar made it’s way over to the cello to be revised and adapted only to make it’s way back to the guitar again, but with new purpose. I now play utilizing computers, loop machines, found sounds, and various percussive techniques to produce what you hear and hopefully feel. I do all recording myself at our farm using solar and wind power, though live shows are how music is meant to be heard and is my primary focus.



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