Call It My Garden

Call It My Garden

by Carrie ElkinCarrie Elkin


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Call It My Garden is Austin-based troubadour Carrie Elkin's third album, but it's her first for stalwart folk label Red House, and hopefully it will help to spread the world to a larger audience about the sweet, subtle pleasures of Elkin's work. You can't walk a block in Austin without tripping over a gaggle of Americana-based singer/songwriters, and rising up from the mediocrity that kind of mass entails isn't easy; on Call It My Garden, Elkin manages it as much through her easy, organic-sounding vocal delivery as anything else. There's a distinct country tinge to Elkin's singing, but it's as much an Appalachian air as a Nashville twang -- it's easy to imagine her falling into a convincing yodel (though she doesn't). And the casual grace of Elkin's tone and phrasing are ideal for the rootsy sound that is her stylistic home base. Elkin's songs themselves are well served by her folk/country croon, too -- she deftly avoids clichés throughout the album's ten self-penned tracks, and even manages to breathe some life into "Iowa," a Dar Williams tune that sounded too precious in its author's own hands. It comes as no surprise to learn that Call It My Garden was recorded live at the home of Elkin's fellow songsmith Sam Baker (who is also apparently the subject of the album's "Dear Sam") -- there's a warm, homemade, analog feel to these tracks; they breathe audibly, putting the listener right there in the room with Elkin and her accompanists. And in the end, that's pretty much what you want on an album like this, isn't it?

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651023722
catalogNumber: 237
Rank: 151949

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Elkin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mark Addison   Organ,Percussion,Glockenspiel
Danny Schmidt   Percussion,Vocals
Sam Baker   Vocals
John Hermanson   Vocals
Colin Brooks   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Nuala Kennedy   Vocals
Raina Rose   Vocals
Vanessa Lively   Vocals
Robby Hecht   Vocals
Anthony Da Costa   Vocals
David Moss   Cello
Andrew Pressman   Upright Bass
Dony Wynn   Percussion,Drums
Jason Lively   Vocals
Trevor Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Dar Williams   Composer
Mark Addison   Producer,Engineer
Danny Schmidt   Producer
John Hermanson   Vocal Engineer
Colin Brooks   Producer
Carrie Elkin   Composer
Vanessa Lively   Artwork
Jason Lively   Artwork

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