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Samantha Crain

By Stephanie Smittle

WEDNESDAY 9/25. 8 P.M. White Water Tavern. $7.

Dakota Lewallen

Choctaw-American songwriter Samantha Crain’s first recording is one of a handful of records committed completely to my memory. “The Confiscation EP: A Musical Novella” was released in 2008, and since then, her backing band The Midnight Shivers has come and gone, as has Crain from the doors of the White Water Tavern, loading in (and out) equipment that seemed impossibly bulky for her tiny frame. Like Billie Holiday or Anohni or Lucinda Williams, Crain seems to elicit complicated ideas from a single morphing vowel, and to imply an opus’ timetable in a 3-minute song. For the uninitiated, start with “The One Who Stands in the Sun,” a commission from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., in which Crain puts T.C. Cannon’s mural “Epochs in Plains History: Mother Earth, Father Sun, the Children Themselves” to music. Kierston White and Eliza Bee open the show.


September 26, 2019
1:00 am
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