You may have noticed that the image above is a bit better than pictures of past live sessions. There’s a good reason for that. We forgot to take one. See that one on the right over there? We didn’t take that one either. I considered pulling out the old Crayola’s to create an artistic portrait of Samantha, a la Daytrotter, but thought better of insulting the band by representing them as stick figures.
Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers home brew their Americana sound in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which seems fitting. The town’s growth in the early 1900′s was fueled by booming agriculture and railroad industries. Why is this important, you might ask? I’m now quite sure. I don’t know if Shawnee folk raise their young ‘uns with stories of ancestors working the railroads and cotton mills, but Samantha Crain’s sound does seem to give a nod to those olden days. She’s just a shade over drinking age, but delivers sophisticated lyrics enveloped in soaring vocals that should make the Choctaw Nation proud. I love the word Choctaw.
I’ve seen her compared to Joanna Newsome, which I’m not on board with. I like Samantha far better. She has the folk sensibilities of Alela Diane, the quirkiness of Feist, and the straightforward delivery of Neko Case. I’ll let y’all decide for yourself. She was kind enough to grace us with five live tracks in Shirk’s studio and you can hear more on her EP entitled The Confiscation, which was released July 22nd on Ramseur Records (also home to two of my favorites, The Avett Brothers and The Everybodyfields).
And I just realized I never even mentioned the Midnight Shivers which, in addition to having a great name, provide the musical foundation for all things Samantha. Great work fellas – I particularly enjoy “Traipsing Through The Aisles” and “The River.” This is one young band and vocalist that we should all keep an eye on in years to come.