Samantha Crain | 02.19.13

live crain_smAs for Crain and her cohorts, they performed like the inner mechanisms and cogs in a beautiful old grandfather clock, in which every piece moves the other forward.

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The Gramophone, St. Louis

It’s official: Samantha Crain and her bandmates are honorary St. Louisans. I don’t have a shiny key or the Mayoral powers to present it, but the sentiment is felt by all of us who turned up at The Gramophone to help celebrate her newest CD release, Kid Face. (To learn more about the new album, check out my interview with Crain here.)

The evening began with local band Indian Blanket, who I last saw opening up for First Aid Kit this past year at Firebird. The band has grown tremendously in many ways. Lead vocalist Joe Andert has become more confident in his vocals, their sound has become more cohesive, and they’ve added a bassist and violinist who have enriched their sound tremendously.

As for Crain and her cohorts, they performed like the inner mechanisms and cogs in a beautiful old grandfather clock, in which every piece moves the other forward. Something truly magical is happening with this combination of musical talent, and I, for one, have fingers crossed that this is a lineup that continues far beyond this album and tour. At one point in the evening, Crain appreciatively said, “Can I just say, I really love my band?” Keyboardist John Calvin Abney responded, “And your band really loves you.” Moments later, Abney was energetically pounding on the Wurlitzer and counter launched himself backward off the side of the stage, landing on his feet. Triumphantly, with seat still in hand, he looked at us and we applauded at him, in awe of his unintentional gymnastic display.

Crain has quickly endeared herself to me as a songwriter through inventive compositions and as a vocalist with the richness of her sometimes plaintive but equally playful alto. I find myself choosing her CD to listen to, over many other new releases, time and again. Also, she and her bandmates are just downright nice people. They are the type of folks who just make you feel instantly welcome into their space, which is why the evening had the feel of a house party and a celebration of friendship, both new and old. I think I speak for everyone in that room when I say that Crain and her band can always consider St. Louis a home away from home. | Janet Rhoads

Photography by Abby Gillardi

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