About Samantha Crain + Hamish Hawk
Samantha Crain is a Choctaw-American songwriter, musician, producer, and singer from Shawnee, Oklahoma, signed with Ramseur Records and Full Time Hobby Records .
Crain won 2 NAMMYs in 2009 for Folk Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. She also won the Indigenous Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2019. She has had songs featured on 90210, HBO's Hung, and in many independent documentaries and films, including Barking Water and UNRESERVED: The Work of Louie Gong. In 2017 and 2018, she worked with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. to compose and contribute music for the extensive T.C. Cannon exhibit "At the Edge of America." In July 2018, she self-released a collection of sonnets "En Masse: A Collection of 30 Sonnets by Samantha Crain".
Crain was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma and is of Choctaw heritage. She attended Grove School in Shawnee and Dale High School in Dale, Oklahoma. As a child and teenager, Crain competed and excelled in the sport of powerlifting . Crain taught herself to play guitar and wrote songs based on her short stories the summer before her senior year at Dale High School. Crain began touring when she was 19. Her first tours were either solo or as a duo with Beth Bombara. She then founded Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers with Jacob Edwards and Andrew Tanz and toured with this band until 2009.
Crain made the news in 2014 for staging a peaceful protest against the band Pink Pony, whose singer is the daughter of then Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Christina Fallin had previously defended act of being photographed in a feather headdress, when called out for cultural appropriation by upset Native Americans. When “I heard Pink Pony was wearing full regalia tonight.” was posted by the band, to their own Facebook page, Crain said, "whether it was a publicity stunt or not, we needed to rally together” and organized a protest at the Norman Music Festival where demonstrators stood to the side of the stage, holding signs bearing messages like “Don’t tread on my culture” and “I am not a costume”. Ultimately the outcry led to Governor Fallin issuing a statement against her daughter's actions.
Crain has lent her voice to recordings for Murder By Death, Ali Harter, Matt Hopper, Penny Hill, Small Houses, Beau Jennings, Parker Millsap, and others. She also appeared on Conan with First Aid Kit for their filmed performance of "Stay Gold".
She has toured with the Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Mountain Goats, Murder By Death,Brandi Carlile, William Elliott Whitmore, Lucy Rose, Josh Ritter, Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, First Aid Kit, Ha Ha Tonka, Deer Tick, Smoke Fairies, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Sister Suvi, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Racheal Yamagata, Jenny Owen Youngs, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Emma Gatrill, American Aquarium, Erland and the Carnival, Parker Millsap, Broncho, Ali Harter, Beth Bombara, Berry, Ben Weaver, the Everybodyfields, Bombadil, Gregory Alan Isakov, Ninja Gun, and others.
Crain has self-produced many of her own recordings, but in 2014, produced the debut record of Oklahoma-based country singer-songwriter, Kierston White. The album was recorded at Blackwatch Studios in Norman, Oklahoma. It is entitled "Don't Write Love Songs". Also, in 2015, she produced the album "Thought of You A God" by the Oklahoma-based band, Annie Oakley.
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