Samantha Crain Grows Up on “Kid Face”

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Shawnee native Samantha Crain isn’t shy about acknowledging her musical influences – she told an interviewer from Indian Country Today Media Network that she has always felt Neil Young is her spirit animal – but the 26-year-old folk singer, who’s gained increasing renown on the strength of her songcraft and surprising power of her voice, considers a firm sense of identity to be one of the most important keys to success in the music business. “People want someone who is unashamed and unabashedly him- or herself and are comfortable with that,” she explains. “You have to not be afraid to create what is you.”

It’s no surprise, therefore, that Crain’s newest album “Kid Face” is her most intimate yet. Of its 11 tunefully bittersweet tracks, she says, “all of these songs are completely things that have happened to me or my own thoughts in a specific situation.” The fascinatingly introspective musical self-portrait hits stores February 19, but fans can get an audio taste in advance when Crain visits The Blue Door in OKC with special guest Parker Millsap on February 16.