So back in October I gave kudos to Red Beet Records for releasing to fine albums from Peter Cooper and Eric Brace and Peter Cooper. This time the kudos go to Red House Records home of many of my favorites including Jorma Kaukonen, John Gorka, John McCutcheon, and Greg Brown for adding Carrie Elkin to their house! Elkin’s debut album Call It My Garden for the label produced by frequent collaborators Colin Brooks (The Band of Heathens) and Danny Schmidt (with whom she lives) was released last month and I’ve listening to it and enjoying it over the last few days. Last month the album was number 5 on the Folk DJ list.
Elkin currently calls Austin, Texas home but she’s roamed around a bit and has called Ohio, New Mexico and Colorado home, too. You can read a more detailed biography here, where you can learn that she competed as a National Acro-gymnast and had an offer to join the circus, and that she attended Ohio University and became an organic chemist. But what’s important here is that her songwriting talent, which is exceptional, has garnered her attention at competitions like the Mountain Stage NewSong and the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase! I liked this album from the opening track “Jesse Likes Birds” (Number 1 song on the Folk DJ list) and after the second track “Guilty Hands”…I was a fan! Many of Carrie’s close musical friends friends appear on the album folks like; Sam Baker, who adds harmony vocals to “Dear Sam”, Raina Rose, Robby Hecht, AJ Roach, Anthony Da Costa and Storyhill’s John Hermanson.
So check out this wonderful new member of the Red House family at her Myspace page or on Facebook. As for me, I’m going to check out her first two albums The Waltz and The Jeopardy of Cicumstance since they’re the albums that got the folks at Red House Records attention!
Here’s one of my favorites from the album “Landeth by Sea”