North Shore Music Association hosts Samantha Crain
Samantha Crain will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
Crain was raised in rural Shawnee, Okla., 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. “Samantha Crain describes her music as ‘Midwest-sounding folk songs,’” writes David Wiwchar of CBC Music, “but before you start thinking about flat fields and hay seeds, give her sounds a listen. Her toe-tapping honesty and straight-ahead simplicity are more reflective of a red-brick small city environment reminiscent of Feist.”
The 25-year-old musician, a member of the Choctaw tribe, is just now beginning to explore her musical roots and transfer her heritage into song. “I didn’t grow up on a reservation,” she says, “but I have been active in tribal activities since I was a child… So much of the Choctaw music and arts have been lost over the years, so I’ve been learning from a variety of American Indian cultures and applying it to the little I know about my own.” Crain often performs at tribal festivals and events throughout the United States and Canada, learning wherever she goes. She has been featured at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg and has won two trophies from the Native American Music Awards, one for song writing and the other for best folk record.
Crain’s three releases include The Confiscation, an EP featuring harmonica, tambourine, lap steel guitar, and vocals (Ramseur 2007); the LP Songs In The Night (Ramseur 2009); and a second LP, You (Understood) (Ramseur 2010). Info and sound samples at http://www.samanthacrain.com/