I actually know very little about Samantha Crain. Campfires & Battlefields, one of my regular readers and frequently a kind babysitter of the site when I am absent, emailed me a couple of her mp3s a while back and that was the first time I’d even heard of her. C&B’s excitement was was obvious, and I have to confess my own pretty much matched his the second I heard her gorgeous, soulful voice break out across the bluesy foundation of the wonderfully sad songs which she writes.
That voice is so rich, knowing and, well, experienced I suppose, that her youth seems almost inconceivable. 21 is still pretty young, and the solidity and presence of the band belie the fact that as a group they are still only just settling on their sound – only just establishing their identity, it seems. In fact, Samantha herself is only just starting to explore the kind of songs that she herself can write.