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Ha Ha Tonka
Named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park in their native Missouri, the group's relentless touring has seen them become one of the most buzzed about young bands in America, appearing at Lollapalooza, Sundance Film Fest, SXSW, CMJ while touring nationally as a headlining act, as well as supporting many great bands such as Old 97s, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, Ludo, Meat Puppets and more. On March 28, 2011 Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel's flagship show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. It was one of the first times in the show's 5-year run that a band has been invited to perform. The band’s new record Death of a Decade debuted on Billboard Top 200 and was followed by a near sold out CD release tour in April/May 2011. The band completed a 50+ date fall headline tour which included a performance at Austin City Limits Festival as well as a multitude of radio shows. The band appeared at several festivals including Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Kentucky Derby Fest, Twangfest and more in 2012. Ha Ha Tonka just finished recording the follow-up to Death of a Decade and are currently on their 2nd European tour.
Samantha Crain, whose 2010 release You (Understood) received stunning critical praise from media including Rolling Stone, SPIN, New York Times, and NPR, will return with a brand new album, Kid Face, on February 19, 2013 (Ramseur Records).
On this, her third full-length release, Crain worked with musician/producer John Vanderslice and recorded in his San Francisco studio, Tiny Telephone in June, 2012. The 11 tracks, all penned by Crain, showcase her extraordinary confidence as a singer, a musician, and a gifted storyteller, rendered with a blue-collar authenticity.
While the tracks on You (Understood) each told a different story of an interaction with a particular person, time and place, Kid Face is an intimate look into the life, mind, heart and imagination of Crain. On the album, Samantha addresses the taking of precious private time ("Somewhere All The Time"), craving acknowledgement in reaching a place of personal responsibility for past transgressions ("Taught To Lie"), finally arriving on the threshold of new beginnings after a hard break up ("Never Going Back"), and the idea of offering love, encouragement and refuge to people who have lost themselves to inhumanity ("Ax").
"For the Miner" finds Crain conversing with and consoling singer-songwriter Jason Molina for all of the pain and 'beautiful sadness' that is inherent in his lyrics, while on "The Pattern Has Changed," she comes face to face with the times in life when one distinct moment changes everything, and how the consequences echo like ripples in a pool. Musicians on the album include Anne Lillis/drums, percussion, vocals; Brine Webb/bass, vocals; John Calvin Abney/piano, synthesizer, banjo; Daniel Foulks/violin, vocals; Kyle Reid/lap steel, cigar box guitar, electric guitar; Anna Ash/vocals, and Samantha on vocals, acoustic guitars and percussion.
On Kid Face, the Shawnee, OK bred, Choctaw Indian exudes a maturity, grace and gravitas that goes beyond her years, and has an honest, if sometimes fictionalized vision that is totally void of clichés. While she has been compared to Regina Spektor, Joanna Newsom and Bonnie Raitt, Kid Face feels like the truest expression of Samantha Crain as an artist.
"Samantha Crain writes folk music, but she belts out notes like she's singing R&B. Her rich alto...is enough to raise gooseflesh..." -Rolling Stone
“Crain’s voice is never less than fully engaged. It takes bravery to sing this openly and unadorned, and she deftly conveys the small-wonder pleasures and pains of everyday existence.”-- SPIN
Hear the new album, Kid Face: https://soundcloud.com/ramseurrecords/sets/samantha-crain-kid-face/s-ld2Ez
Visit Samantha’s website: www.samanthacrain.com