“It took us a really long time, but I'm glad that we waited this long ‘cause I feel like this is going to be a good fit for me,” said Crain, adding she has only played a few short tours and festivals across the Atlantic.
“It's definitely just a new thing, which I think kind of keeps this whole thing moving, this whole thing which is me creating and me touring and me making records and stuff. If I can keep like experiencing new things, it makes that whole process a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable.”
The Rolling Stone magazine Artist to Watch was surprised when her new label chose “For the Miner,” her moody tribute to her favorite songwriter, Jason Molina, who died shortly after “Kid Face” debuted, as her first European single. Since the album version is about five minutes long, she recently went back into the studio to cut a four-minute radio edit.
“They liked the vibe of it and they felt like there wasn't anything else over there with that kind of vibe of that song. So I think they thought that it would stand out,” she said.
“It is definitely a slow burner. It's one of those that you realize different things are going on in the background like the more you listen to it.”
In that way, the song is a decent metaphor for Crain's career as she becomes involved in more far-flung projects. For instance, she recently spent a week and a half in Canada with the Ojibway people at the Eagle Lake First Nation reservation, where she fished for walleye, dined on moose meat and played a community concert while filming for a new music series called “Nagamowin: The Song.” Since it is set to air next year on Canada's Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, chances are the folks back here in Oklahoma will never get to see it.
“All the singer-songwriters they get are also Native Americans, so it's bringing two different tribes or cultures together,” said Crain, who is of Choctaw heritage. “Hopefully, it's going to be pretty cool.”
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