180 Gram Vinyl Record
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Samantha Crain grew up in rural Shawnee, Oklahoma, a town whose remote location influenced her quirky, earthy interpretation of folk music. Although inspired by the sounds of her father's music collection, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, an adolescent Crain took even greater solace in the music of her home state, from the rootsy Americana of Woody Guthrie to the sonic experiments of the Flaming Lips.
Her fifth album, You Had Me At Goodbye, was penned over four months at the back end of winter while Crain was at home in Norman, Oklahoma. She was working shifts at a pizza place to save up money for touring, recording, paying bills, and as a self-confessed ‘film nerd,' binge watching movies.
On the album, she features a new traditional song, "Red Sky, Blue Mountain," which Crain wrote in her native Choctaw language. Gliding along like clouds floating above the land, she turned to her long-time friend Dora Wickson to assist with its translation and pronunciation, capturing both the sound of the Choctaw people and through Samantha's seductive vocal delivery, the signature of an artist proud of her roots.
"This album is dedicated to and inspired by the independent, strong, focused women who somehow continue to explode through the dark clouds of the weirdly oppressive art/music world," Crain says. "Every woman with a vision who didn't veer from it amongst dissension. Every woman who was vulgar and loud and smart and ugly, in addition to the other aspects of their person — everything in opposition of what was expected of them."
|1. Antiseptic Greeting|
|2. Oh Dear Louis|
|3. Loneliest Handsome Man|
|4. Wise One|
|5. Red Sky, Blue Mountain|
|6. Smile When|
|7. Betty’s Eulogy|
|8. Windmill Crusader|
|9. When the Roses Bloom Again (written – Woodie Guthrie / Jeff Tweedy)|