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Report: Nelsonville Music Festival on Blurt Online


Report: Nelsonville Music Festival

I made it for the last two of the three days and also saw, besides the aforementioned, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider with Great American Taxi, Samantha Crain, Michael Hurley, Swell Season, Woody Pines (pictured, above), Lydia Loveless and – worth a special shout-out – an odd singer-songwriter named JD Hutchison who did an amusing imitation of both Dylan and Johnny Cash warbling “Girl From North Country.”

Samantha Crain, whose voice has the easy melodic airiness of Natalie Merchant or Edie Brickell but also a dramatic dimension that recalls Bjork, did a solo, intimate acoustic set inside a small log cabin that had listeners singing along to fine, thoughtful songs like “Santa Fe” and her foreboding yet oddly reassuring “The Dam Song.” Judging from the people crowded outside the cabin trying to get in, or just wanting to hear, Crain has developed a very keen audience for her music.

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  • Posted on May 27