It almost seems silly to me to call Samantha Crain an artist to watch now, in 2013, when I've been watching her career for several years already. But, with the release of Crain's new album Kid Face, she stepped up her game in remarkable ways, delving deeply into some intensely personal songs with a raw ferocity at which she hinted in previous records but never quite tapped. This time, she goes there, and the result is arresting.
If you're unfamiliar with Crain's work thus far, perhaps your interest will be piqued by knowing she's shared bills through the years with everyone from Langhorne Slim to Justin Townes Earle, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, First Aid Kit, and more. She was "discovered" (if there is such a thing these days) by the same folks who "discovered" the Avett Brothers. At a time when Oklahoma seems to be spitting out great songwriters like it just discovered the craft, Crain's music is some of the best of that crop of artists (which includes recent Grammy nominee John Fullbright). Learn more about Samantha Crain with this introductory bio and profile.
photo courtesy Ramseur Records