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Third time might be the charm for Austin tunesmith Carrie Elkin. Her third studio album is also her first for folk label Red House Records. It opens with “Jesse Likes Birds” which cleverly borrows from the traditional lullaby “Hush, Little Baby” before breaking into a barn-burning bluegrass jam toward the end. The aptly titled Call It My Garden is a bountiful harvest of twangy Americana, rootsy country-folk and Appalachian-inspired moments of string-band gold. “Lift Up the Anchor” is a beautifully melancholic ballad where long swells of the pedal steel’s notes seem to be weeping over organic instruments like stand-up bass, cello, acoustic guitar and Elkin singing some of the prettiest harmonies on the album. “The Things We’re Afraid of” similarly reveals that Elkin’s strengths are in her slower, sadder musings – her voice does a natural tremolo when there’s room for her textured inflections to stretch out and relax. She pumps some warm blood into Dar Williams’ “Iowa” (the original sounds a bit too polite in comparison). “Edge of the World” bookends with tuneful dobro sliding over a romantic waltz.

Customer Reviews

Incredibly beautiful album!!!

Carrie Elkin is an amazing artist and her talent and passion really shine through on Call It My Garden. It's seriously one of my favorite albums...period. With brilliant writing, incredible performances by a wonderful community of artists, and Carrie Elkin's sweet/soulful/powerful voice, Call It My Garden is a work of art that you will be very grateful you get to enjoy.

-Kenny in Nashville

Carrie's best work

Carrie Elkin writes well-crafted songs about real life. It is obvious that she has spent her time as a traveling troubadour. She is a warm, poetic storyteller… pure and simple. She is not out to impress. She offers her gift of song and music, from deep within her soul… from deep within her heart. Her charm is unpretentious and infectious. Music is her life and life for her, must be good. Her voice is sweet and fresh and can soar from a whisper to a wail.

Call it My Garden is her best work, to date. It has the spontaneous feel only possible when an artist is able to accurately record their music the way they hear it in their head… live and surrounded by musician/friends. The album was produced by friend Colin Brooks (Band of Heathens) and husband and fellow Red House label-mate Danny Schmidt. From the up-tempo opener “Jesse Likes Birds” to the somewhat rowdy closer “Edge of the World” and the haunting “Dear Sam”… Call it My Garden succeeds in breaking your heart, repairing it fully and warming it nicely with songs that are authentic and beautiful created by someone who loves what she does and does it so well. "Landeth by Sea", "Berlin" and "Dear Sam" are standouts, as well. Carrie Elkin is the real deal and worthy of your consideration and support.


My favorite is "The Things We're Afraid of".... amazing song.



Born: 1974 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Compared to Patty Griffin, Iris DeMent, and Nanci Griffith by legendary Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris, singer/songwriter Carrie Elkin's unique sound incorporates alt-country, Americana, and traditional folk with heartfelt poetic lyrics. Born in Cleveland, OH in 1974, Elkin began playing the saxophone and singing at her local church from a young age before competing as a National Champion acro gymnast. After studying physiology at Ohio University, and working as an organic chemist, she decided to concentrate...
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