I feel a little ashamed, a little embarrassed. When I reviewed ‘Kid Face’, the latest LP from Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain, I may have been a little harsh in its appraisal. I bemoaned the lack of a higher tempo and may, just may, have used the word “somber” on more than one occasion. My three out of five stars award also now looks to be a little miserly. However, while a good journalist always sticks by his editorial I am thankful to now be able to write something of an altogether more positive nature about Miss Crain.
Without being too presumptuous I think that most in attendance (The Lexington, London) last night would agree that they were witness to an incredible performance. Songs that I’d glossed over in my LP review were given a new lease of life as a result of this outstanding and almost effortless set. Crain’s voice was quite sensational and caused moments of disbelief throughout this intimate venue. There were as many goose-bump moments in this set as I can remember throughout 2014 in total.
‘Never Going Back’ and ‘Kid Face’ were delivered with aplomb and the thumping ‘Devils in Boston’, from the ‘Songs in the Night’ LP, was also given a welcomed airing. ‘Santa Fe’ seemed to receive the most positive reception of the evening and gave you a gentle reminder as to the fine back catalogue this young lady has.
The highlight of the evening though was the quite stunning ‘Paint’. Vocally it was faultless and you could have heard a pin drop while it was played-out. I scrambled through my iTunes account upon arriving home for another fix of this wonderful track.
A special mention should also go to Miss Crain’s story telling. She introduced each track with its tale of conception and you felt an additional bond to each piece of music as a result of this.
1st August – Cambridge, CAM Cambridge Folk Festival
2nd August – Sion, VS Festival Arcade
7th August – Copenhagen, No State Vega (with Neutral Milk Hotel)
8th August – Gothenburg, O Way Out West
9th August – Rees, NRW Haldern Pop Festival
10th August – Cornbury Park, OXF Wilderness Festival
14th August – Sheffield, SYK Secret House Show
17th August – Brecon, POW Green Man Festival
19th August – Edinburgh, MLN The Electric Circus
23rd August – Kettering, NTH Greenbelt Festival
29th August – Birmingham, WMD Moseley Folk Festival
30th August – Larmer Tree Gardens, DOR The End of The Road Festival