Hot on the heels of
her critically-saluted new album.
By Fred Mills
One of the most delightful discoveries for us lately has
been Okie singer-songwriter Samantha Crain, whose new Songs in Night (Ramseur) album is on heavy rotation ‘round the
Here’s what we had to say about the album and about Crain
and her band the Midnight Shivers in the current print edition of our mag:
At the tender age of
singer/songwriter Samantha Crain has already carved out an impressive
reputation, one sparked by critical kudos and two sensual sets of songs – an EP
called Confiscation and this
beguiling followup. It’s not that Crain goes out of way to draw attention;
while others her age sometimes lean towards a more insurgent stance, Crain
keeps a lowered gaze. Fortunately, the
unembellished arrangements don’t mute her enthusiasm; the ebullient surge of
songs like “Rising Sun,” “Long Division,” “Songs in the Night” and “Bullfight
(Change your Mind)” makes her back-country balladry all the more
endearing. Still, anyone inclined to
think of Crain as some freewheeling folkie would clearly be mistaken. The sense
of urgency infused in “Devils in Boston,” the forlorn sprawl of “The Dam Song”
and the skewered theatrics that drive “Bananafish Revolution” each attest to
Crain’s savvy and spunk.
Okay, so the mere printed word does not shift units in this
biz. How about a mini-documentary on the lithesome Crain and her talented
cohorts? It was directed by one of Crain’s fellow Oklahomans, Sterlin Harjo, a
Sundance Institute-selected Annenberg Fellowship recipient and director of 2007’s
acclaimed Four Sheets to the Wind.
His new film Barking Water premiered
at this year’s Sundance Festival.
Go here to view the Crain documentary: http://vimeo.com/4198776
view it below: