Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain, Live Session #78

by oz on September 16, 2010

Samantha Crain graced our studio for a session back in August of 2008. Her vocals were even more impressive in person than on her debut EP, The Confiscation , an album we fell in love with.

Samantha was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma and both her EP and debut LP, Songs In The Night, reflect her rural upbringing. The albums were mostly acoustic Americana, but there were subtle hints that something more rock n roll was lingering just below the surface.

Her sophomore album, You (Understood), was released earlier this summer and its a departure from her Country/Folk/Americana style. She trades an acoustic for electric guitar and experiments with new sounds,  but maintains the same heart, soul, and vocal prowess that we all fell in love with.

Samantha Crain Band Intro

Exclusive: Samantha Crain – Lions (Video: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Samantha Crain – Holdin’ That Wheel

Exclusive: Samantha Crain – Equinox (Video: Vimeo | YouTube)

Download the Samantha Crain Live Session as a zip file.

Video: Samantha Crain – Lions (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)

Video: Samantha Crain – Equinox (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)


Ramseur Records has announced upcoming releases for Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers and Paleface, both scheduled for 4/28 release dates. That Samantha Crain has quite a voice.

More about Samantha Crain and The Midnight Shivers’ album, Songs in the Night:

With their debut full-length, Songs in the Night, Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers deliver a shudderingly beautiful unique batch of songs in a style that’s been described as “meshing freak folk with a deep-seated, dust-bowl soul.” The 22-year-old Shawnee, OK‚  native’s haunting voice, well-chosen words and emotional depth ring true in a way that sets her apart from most artists of her generation. Picking up where her critically acclaimed 2008 Ramseur Records EP, The Confiscation, leaves off, we find Crain presenting each song with an unfeigned fervor as her voice rises and falls over the panorama painted by the Midnight Shivers and their roots-infused, fertile arrangements.

More about Paleface’s album, The Show Is On The Road:

More than a decade since his last major label release and collapse from alcohol abuse, PALEFACE, a founding member of NYC’s Anti-folk movement, is back with The Show Is On The Road (Ramseur Records).‚  The album is an intimate, 11-song diary that transcends genres with its ingenuous lyrics and deceptively unassuming style -‚  just Paleface on acoustic guitar and harmonica and his girlfriend Monica “Mo” Samalot on drums and backing vocals, along with the occasional piano overdub. Paleface is the sort of artist who brings you into his world. His voice is sweetly ravaged and effortlessly expressive, as intimate as a friend whispering in your ear. The album is a farewell love letter to his longtime home, New York City, and an embrace of his new life in the South. Visit on MySpace.

Here are the title tracks for each upcoming release:

Samantha Crain and The Midnight Shivers – Songs In The Night

Paleface – The Show Is On The Road


The Best EP’s Of 2008

by oz on December 12, 2008

Here’s to the best shorties of the 2008! I’m really in love with this batch of albums and we’ve shown lots of love for all of these artists over the year. Joe Pug was the biggest surprise, arriving as a submission in the mail. The songwriting on Nation of Heat just flat out blew me away. I don’t think we can say anything more about The Avett Brothers or Fleet Foxes without breaking some guy codes.

We were also lucky to have Joe Pug, Dead Confederate, and Samantha Crain all in the studio for live sessions in 2008.

1. Joe Pug – Nation of Heat

Joe Pug – Hymn 101

Joe Pug – Call It What You Will

Check out the Hearya Live Session with Joe Pug.

Joe Pug – Hymn 101 (via LaundroMatinee)

2. Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos (Live at the Bowery Ballroom NYC)

3. The Avett Brothers – The Gleam II

The Avett Brothers – Murder In The City

The Avett Brothers – Bella Donna

4. Dead Confederate – Self-Titled

Dead Confederate – The Rat

Check out the HearYa Live Session with Dead Confederate.

Dead Confederate – The Rat (Live on Conan)

5. Samantha Crain – The Confiscation

Samantha Crain – Get The Fever Out

Samantha Crain – The River

Check out the HearYa Live Session with Samantha Crain.

Samantha Crain and The Midnight Shivers (Live w/ Paste)


The Everybodyfields are coming into the studio today for a live session before a show later tonight at The Double Door. They’ll be sharing the stage with Katie Herzig, McCarthy Trenching and HearYa Live Session alum, Samantha Crain.‚  Looks like tickets are $10 for a great night of folk music.

Don’t let the image above fool you. Everybodyfields shows aren’t your typical stage-diving band.

Here’s what the night will sound like.

The Everybodyfields – Aeroplane

The Everybodyfields – Everything is Okay

The Everybodyfields – Lonely Anywhere

Exclusive: Samantha Crain – Get The Fever Out

Exclusive: Samantha Crain – The River

Exclusive: Samantha Crain – From Where Come You Division?

McCarthy Trenching – Cassette Tape Massacre

Katie Herzig – Songbird

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HearYa Live Session 25: Samantha Crain and The Midnight Shivers

August 7, 2008

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 […]

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