Musician and producer Samantha Crain visits the Night & Day café this Spring ahead of the release of her latest record ‘You Had Me At Goodbye’, out March 24th. Hailing from Shawnee, Oklahoma, the prolific folk rock singer-songwriter has demonstrated her dedication to touring since the age of 19, releasing five LPs and a single EP in the process. Her appearance in Manchester comes as part of a short UK tour before heading back to the US for ongoing dates.

Crain has found fans and praise specialising in raw Americana, penning heartfelt ballads encompassing bold tales and narratives, combining them with a natural songwriting ability. Her latest offering follows 2015’s Under Branch & Thorn & Tree: nothing less than audiophile’s dream. A fully analogue production, it was then bolstered by the expert ears at Bernie Grundman Mastering (with credits such as Jackson’s Thriller, Dre’s The Chronic and Prince’s Purple Rain to their name) and treated to a 200 gram vinyl release.

Enthused fans will be gathering at Night & Day to see Crain just six days after the release of You Had Me At Goodbye, though we’ve already been given a taste of what’s to come with the single ‘Oh Dear Louis’, complete with a faux-horror B movie video. A driven and upbeat piece of indie pop, it’s a record that displays a slight shift in her signature sound, where strings are prominent, vocals are sharp and arrangements move beyond ‘country-pop’. In her own words, the album was written over just four months whilst “working shifts at a pizza place to save up money for touring, recording, paying bills, and as a self-confessed ‘film nerd’, binge watching movies”.

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Samantha Crain plays the Night & Day Café on Thursday 30th March. Tickets are now available here.

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