Sunday, November 10
Tickets: $8 advance/$10 day of show on sale Friday, 9/27 10am at Tickets.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), Terrapin Station and Rust Belt Books or charge by phone 888-223-6000
7pm doors, 8pm show
Samantha Crain, whose 2010 release You (Understood) received stunning critical praise from Rolling Stone, SPIN, New York Times, and NPR among others, returns with a brand new album, Kid Face, this February.
On this, her third full-length release, Crain worked with musician/producer John Vanderslice and recorded in his San Francisco studio, Tiny Telephone. 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”).
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.
“Samantha Crain writes folk music, but she belts out notes like she’s singing R&B. Her rich alto…is enough to raise gooseflesh…” – Rolling Stone
“Crain’s voice is never less than fully engaged. It takes bravery to sing this openly and unadorned, and she deftly conveys the small-wonder pleasures and pains of everyday existence.”– SPIN
Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. opens the show. He has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having “a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation”. Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion – no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet’s look at life.
Davey is armed with a steady, rhythmic pulse on his Gibson guitar, a battered straw cowboy hat and a no apologies rust-belt work ethic. The hard work has paid off with recognition by way of seven ASCAPlus Awards, eight Buffalo Music Award nominations, a 2004 WNY People’s Choice Award and coveted opening act slots for Tracy Grammer, Eilen Jewell, Eric Andersen, The Kennedys, Hayes Carll and Amy Speace, a Formal Showcase selection at the 2011 International Folk Alliance Conference and a selection as a 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist. In August 2012, Davey released – “Testing For Rust” which has grabbed the attention of Folk & Americana DJ’s across the country, earning him top grades on the Folk DJ Charts.
Date(s) - 11/10/2013
341 Delaware Avenue