Songs In The Night: Samantha Crain Makes A House Call In Philadelphia

In just less than 75 minutes, Samantha Crain forged a connection with a living room full of strangers in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, armed with just her trusty guitar, her unadorned voice and a few tangents about Jeff Tweedy taking Wayne Coyne down a peg and her mostly untapped talent as a food medium. Among the dozen vulnerable, intimate songs she played were “Elk City,” “Outside The Pale,” “Antiseptic Greeting” and a few recently recorded numbers—plus a cover of Paul Simon’s “Slip Slidin’ Away” to end the night with a bit of a sing-along.

—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich