Released in June 2010, just a little more than a year since her debut album, Samantha Crain’s sophomore LP You (Understood) evokes the sound of a more established artist. With voice that's older than her 23 years should allow, the timbre of Crain’s tender phrasing resonates with a powerful, yet fragile quality.
Her roots in country and folk shine through the tough exterior layers added by the backing band, the Midnight Shivers. Her light, fingerpicking guitar work on the acoustic-based folk pop songs allows her narrative lyrics to blend well with the more upbeat indie rock nature of her band. The album finds Crain stretching her wings by co-writing her first song, “Up On the Table,” as well as singing a duet with Matthew Milla of Frontier Ruckus. After touring extensively the last couple of years with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Ingrid Michaelson, the Avett Brothers and Langhorne Slim among others, her recent performance at Bonnaroo will no doubt shine a brighter light on this upcoming artist in the future. Crain played her show in St. Louis on May 23 at Lemmon's in St. Louis.