Samantha Crain, whose 2010 release You (Understood) received stunning critical praise from media including Rolling Stone, SPIN, New York Times, and NPR, returned with a brand new album, Kid Face, on February 19, 2013 (Ramseur Records). On this, her third full-length release, Crain worked with musician/producer John Vanderslice and recorded in his San Francisco studio, Tiny Telephone in June, 2012. The 11 tracks, all penned by Crain, showcase her extraordinary confidence as a singer, a musician, and a gifted storyteller, rendered with a blue-collar authenticity.
While the tracks on You (Understood) each told a different story of an interaction with a particular person, time and place, Kid Face is an intimate look into the life, mind, heart and imagination of Crain. On the album, Samantha addresses the taking of precious private time ("Somewhere All The Time"), craving acknowledgement in reaching a place of personal responsibility for past transgressions ("Taught To Lie"), finally arriving on the threshold of new beginnings after a hard break up ("Never Going Back"), and the idea of offering love, encouragement and refuge to people who have lost themselves to inhumanity ("Ax").
"For the Miner" finds Crain conversing with and consoling singer-songwriter Jason Molina for all of the pain and 'beautiful sadness' that is inherent in his lyrics, while on "The Pattern Has Changed," she comes face to face with the times in life when one distinct moment changes everything, and how the consequences echo like ripples in a pool. Musicians on the album include Anne Lillis/drums, percussion, vocals; Brine Webb/bass, vocals; John Calvin Abney/piano, synthesizer, banjo; Daniel Foulks/violin, vocals; Kyle Reid/lap steel, cigar box guitar, electric guitar; Anna Ash/vocals, and Samantha on vocals, acoustic guitars and percussion. On Kid Face, the Shawnee, OK bred, Choctaw Indian exudes a maturity, grace and gravitas that goes beyond her years, and has an honest, if sometimes fictionalized vision that is totally void of clichés. While she has been compared to Regina Spektor, Joanna Newsom and Bonnie Raitt, Kid Face feels like the truest expression of Samantha Crain as an artist.