The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

3×3: Samantha Crain on Ashley Judd, Patti Smith, and Red Molly

Apr 4, 2017

Artist: Samantha Crain
Hometown: Norman, OK
Latest Album: You Had Me at Goodbye
Personal Nicknames: My family calls me Jo or JoJo

If you had to live the life of a character in a song, which song would you choose?

Red Molly in “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” I mean, it sucks that her boyfriend dies, but she gets a cool motorcycle.

Where would you most like to live or visit that you haven’t yet?

Hands down, Japan. I really want to go to Japan.

What was the last thing that made you really mad?

A skunk spraying underneath my house.


Welp, that’s a wrap on record release weekend. Off to the UK in like 10 hours. Wish me luck! #samanthacrain #holife

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Which Judd is your favorite — Naomi, Wynonna, Ashley, Apatow, or Hirsch?

Ashley. That speech at the Women’s mMarch? Yes. Where the Heart Is? Yes. Double Jeopardy? Yes.

Whose career do you admire the most?

Patti Smith

What are you reading right now?

Dune by Frank Herbert

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


Whiskey, water, or wine?

Whiskey, until I was about 26 and now wine, but probably water very shortly.

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