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With her Red House Records debut release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as their artist of the year. She’s an artist full of contrast and contradiction. With a voice that’s somehow both gritty and pristine, the Austin Chronicle calls it “an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith” while Bob Harris of the BBC throws in comparisons to Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent, and calls her voice “spellbinding from the opening track.”
On March 10th Elkin will release her seventh record The Penny Collector . The album marks her long-awaited first solo release since 2011’s Call It My Garden. But she’s been busy in that time period, releasing a duo record with her husband, songwriter Danny Schmidt, performing as a featured vocalist in the Sam Baker Trio, and touring as the musical guest with the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale.
Reflecting on the album, Elkin says, “I started writing The Penny Collector the day I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, and six months after losing my father. The process of writing and recording the album came from this beautiful space where joy and grief intersected to create imagery that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. The landscape of the recording is full of unexpected surprises.”