Samantha Crain at the Crystal Theatre
Critically [Sidenote: This is the fourth post in our coverage of the sixteenth annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. We’ll be alternating our reporting with essays and photo galleries from the twenty-second festival in 2019, so check in often for a mix of old and new Woodyfest goodness.] praised [Sidenote: Crain has received glowing reviews in Rolling Stone, SPIN, No Depression, National Public Radio, Public Radio International,The Guardian, New Musical Express, Uncut, and other major media outlets.] Choctaw singer Samantha Crain appeared on the Crystal Stage at Woodyfest in 2013. It was her fourth time performing at the festival.
A songwriter known for her broad range and eclectic style, [Sidenote: Crain genre-hops effortlessly from folksy acoustic singer-songwriter to avant-garde and alternative rock.] Crain is also a music producer and poet. She won two Native American Music Awards in 2009, one for songwriter and one for best folk album. In 2019 her album You Had Me at Goodbye won the Indigenous Music Award for best rock album.
A veteran touring musician, Crain has opened for First Aid Kit, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lucy Rose, The Avett Brothers, The Mountain Goats, Brandi Carlile, Langhorne Slim, and others.
Crain’s most recent Woodyfest appearance was on the main stage at the 2016. Her forthcoming album, A Small Death, is available for pre-order.