Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Samantha Crain brings Oklahoma charm to Duke Gardens

Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain took the stage at Duke Gardens on Tuesday night for a fantastic set.

The petite songwriter was accompanied by a bass player and drummer as she rolled through her set drawing heavily from her newly released album You (Understood), opening with the rousing song "Lions."

During the set, the band was joined by Matthew Milia (on vocals) and David Jones (on banjo) of the Michigan band Frontier Ruckus for the best song of the set, "Santa Fe."

The band tore through the rest of the show, only stopping for some brief musings about local landmarks, state birds and off-color jokes. They left the stage briefly after the song "Up On the Table" before returning for an encore.

For the second song (sorry, I missed the title), Crain took the lawn to perform acoustically for the crowd. It was a fitting closing for the charming singer's set.

Crain's voice and melodies make her a force to be reckoned with. You (Understood) is available now via Ramseur Records. She'll be back in the Triangle on October 8 to play the Shakori Hills Festival in Pittsboro.

[all photos by Kevin Norris]

Samantha Crain set list
Songs in the Night
Holdin' That Wheel
We Are the Same
Santa Fe
Get the Fever Out
Scissor Tales
Traipsing Through the Aisles
Devils in Boston
Up On the Table

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