She may be Oklahoma born, bred and based, but Samantha Crain is increasingly becoming international.
The Shawnee songstress, who recently inked her first European record deal, will play what she expects will be her last Oklahoma City show until spring Friday night at her favorite Sooner State venue, the Blue Door.
“I probably end up doing three or four actual shows — like not shows where I just like show up somewhere and start playing; I do those a lot, too — in Oklahoma a year whenever I'm home. I really like to try to do a couple of those at the Blue Door just because I really feel like it's the best venue in Oklahoma,” Crain said in a phone interview Monday from her home state, where she was stopping just long enough to unpack, do laundry and play a few gigs.
Crain, 27, also will headline Tulsa's I AM Yoga, Art + Music Festival this weekend and play Tahlequah's Illinois River Jam next weekend before she strikes out on an autumn U.S. trek, opening for three different artists: Ha Ha Tonka, John Vanderslice and Gregory Alan Isakov.
“My fall is pretty full, lots of tour dates. ... I think we're pretty much making the full loop of the United States twice,” she said. “After the fall tours, then I'll be in Europe for most of the winter.”
Earlier this month, the Dale High School graduate announced her signing with Full Time Hobby, and the U.K.-based label will release an extended version of her latest album, the Vanderslice-produced “Kid Face,” in Europe next January. She released her third LP domestically back in February via Ramseur Records.
“I've been with Ramseur Records for almost eight years now. I mean, I've worked with them for pretty much my entire career. Something that we had talked about really early on with them was getting a European record label, because Americana music does really well over there. To get the right kind of tours and the exposure over there, you really need to like get a label over there. We've been talking with different labels for the past four or five years ... but because I have such a close relationship with Ramseur, I really wanted to kind of find the European version of Ramseur Records,” she said.
“I wanted to find a label that I could be a part of, something that was long term and people that were like really interested in my music and my career, not necessarily like hopping on a fad or something. And it took us a really long time to find a label that was like that.”
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