#25 on NPR’s The Best Albums of 2020 List—NPR Music

“Her dense arrangements — layered with dainty piano melodies, horns, tape loops, the works — achieve a cozy lushness, as if she were spinning a protective cocoon in which to retreat from the traumas that populate her songs.”—The New York Times

Best Country Songs This Week
for “Bloomsday”—Rolling Stone Country

Critically acclaimed musician and songwriter Samantha Crain’s new EP, I Guess We Live Here Now, is out today via Real Kind Records/Communion. Listen HERE.

Already receiving critical attention, new EP track “Bloomsday” has recently been added to the A-List at BBC 6Music, and praised by Rolling Stone Country who added the track to their “Best Country Songs of the Week” roundup as well as NPR’s New Music Friday.

Crain also recently debuted the video for track “Malachi, Goodbye;” watch/share it HERE.

For the EP, Crain drew inspiration from her Norman, OK neighborhood through the idea of “vacationing in your own backyard,” explaining how the pandemic found her re-discovering the beauty of her hometown. In celebration of the EP Crain is giving away a prize of locally sourced Oklahoma goods to a selected winner; register via her website HERE.

Crain is currently nominated for the Artist of the Year at the 2021 International Folk Music Awards. Her latest LP, A Small Death, was released last year to critical acclaim from NPR Music, The New York Times, Uncut Magazine, MOJO and more. The album marked the first release and artist signing for Real Kind Records, a new label founded by UK-based artist Lucy Rose. Praise for Crain and A Small Death:

[of “An Echo”] “The deliberate, mournful song evokes all the feelings about complicated relationships that we sometimes push way down” –NPR's "World Cafe"

"...evocative imagery and impassioned, hushed vocals."–NPR Music

“Crain has always been good, but on ‘A Small Death’ she’s genuinely great”–Mojo

“A stirring comeback” –Uncut

“Crain’s striking vocals wrap around her indie folk/rockers with requisite sensitivity and intensity” –American Songwriter

"...her powerful vocals and eclectic sounds have continued to defy expectations."–Paste


“Crain’s last LP, A Small Death, found 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.

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Kate Rakvic or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.