SAMANTHA CRAIN DEBUTS
“GARDEN DOVE” VIDEO VIA
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION
NEW LP A SMALL DEATH OUT MAY 1
VIA RAMSEUR RECORDS/THIRTY TIGERS AND REAL KIND RECORDS/COMMUNION RECORDS
Photo credit: Joanna Grace Babb
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Choctaw-American musician and songwriter Samantha Crain debuts new video, “Garden Dove” via The Bluegrass Situation; Watch/share HERE.
“For me, this song is about putting in the work on yourself, not only for yourself, but for someone you love too,” Crain explains, “At the time, the person I wanted to better myself for was myself.”
The track is from Crain’s forthcoming album, A Small Death, out May 1 via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers and Real Kind Records/Communion Records.
NPR Music’s World Café just included new album track “An Echo” in their “Heavy Rotation,” raving, “The deliberate, mournful song evokes all the feelings about complicated relationships that we sometimes push way down;” read HERE.
A Small Death is the first release and artist signing for Real Kind Records, a new record label founded by UK-based musician Lucy Rose. “Samantha Crain is one of the most talented, genuinely inspired artists I’ve ever come across and to work with her is truly an honour,” Rose says of signing and working with Crain, “…[A Small Death is] such a profound and intelligent album, musically and lyrically. She’s poured every inch of herself into her music, into these songs.”
The new record finds the Oklahoma-based artist confronting decades of grief, trauma, and an incapacitating physical pain which left the singer home in bed and barely able to perform or play an instrument. “I didn’t completely die, but I feel like I died a little bit and that allowed me this new beginning,” Crain explains, “What I was trying to capture with this record, really, was a sense of reconstruction.” A Small Death is the sixth studio LP from Crain, following the release of 2017’s You Had Me At Goodbye. She won two NAMMYs (Native American Music Awards) in 2009, the Indigenous Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2019, and has toured with a range of artists including The Avett Brothers, Neutral Milk Hotel, Brandi Carlile, The Mountain Goats, Josh Ritter, First Aid Kit, Deer Tick and more.