Her distinctive croon and literate lyrics are as potent as ever, but Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain layers a palpable vulnerability on “Kid Face,” her most autobiographical album to date.With her third LP, Crain, 26, courageously channels her personal heartbreaks and breakthroughs into her usual poetic folk/rock, giving the 11 songs added emotional veracity. The Dale High School graduate’s music has always been imbued with earthy authenticity, but she uses personal experience to hone her pen to an even finer point with “Kid Face.”Crain wrote all 11 tracks and recorded them at producer John Vanderslice’s all-analog Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco, which only boosts the rootsy warmth already inherent in her sound. The troubadour emanates self-confidence and determination with the first single, the jangly folk kiss-off “Never Going Back.”
Recorded in April 2012 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, backed by his fabulous companions The South City Three, Pokey Lafarge returns with an exhilarating live album from this legendary Dutch venue. Combining Pokey’s favourite songs with tracks from the 2011 Blues hit album ‘Middle Of Everywhere’ that featured on Jools Holland’s Hootenany Show. Channeling American roots, country blues, and jazz traditions of the early 20th century, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are leading the way in contemporary American roots music. Comprising Midwestern country blues mashed with Western swing, sweet harmony vocals, and hints of New Orleans style horns and lap steel throughout, The South City Three all the while providing an impeccable up-tempo driving rhythm.