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Oklahoma songstress to bring powerful voice, story telling to Norman Music Festival

By Mia Pons | The Oklahoma Daily | April 21st, 2016 With powerful lyrics, soulful melodies, and an intense voice, Samantha Crain, an Americana-folk musician and Shawnee, Oklahoma, native, will be one of several headliners at this year’s Norman Music Festival. Crain’s newest album, “Under Branch & Thorn & Tree,” contains interpretations of the struggles and strengths […]

  • Posted on April 25

The literate vitality of Samantha Crain’s music

By Andy Jones | The Taos News |  January 14th, 2016 Samantha Crain’s latest album, “Under Branch & Thorn & Tree,” was named one of the top 10 albums of 2015 by NPR’s “Folk Alley” and is the songwriter’s fifth album in only six years. The folk and Americana songwriter will be making the only […]

  • Posted on January 15

Samantha Crain’s Hardscrapple Tales Mesmerize

By Michael Fremer | November 13th, 2015 The golden gatefold cover art of Samantha Crain’s Under Branch & Thorn & Tree makes clear that this is not a collection of “good times” tunes, but one is still left unprepared for the relentlessly bleak stories of betrayal, despair and desolation Crain delivers in an often pain-wracked […]

  • Posted on December 14

Pancakes and Whiskey Interview: Samantha Crain Talks About Her New Record

“These songs were all based on people in my life in one way or another. Friends, family, people that I’ve met along the way. I know it wasn’t easy to take liberties with their stories, but I tried to make it just like I was writing a song about myself. I really tried to enter […]

  • Posted on August 25

The Norman Transcript-Under Branch & Thorn & Tree Album Review

Album Reviews: NTown’s Doug Hill reviews new releases from Samantha Crain / Aqueduct / Frank Brown  By Doug Hill Artist: Samantha Crain Album: “Under Branch & Thorn & Tree” This is Samantha Crain’s senior album. Her melancholy tone has changed little. Crain’s virtuosity as a vocalist, musician and songwriter has only grown through these first […]

  • Posted on August 20