Call It My Garden

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
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 clich├ęs 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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651023722
  • Catalog Number: 237
  • Sales rank: 146,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jesse Likes Birds (4:26)
  2. 2 Guilty Hands (3:43)
  3. 3 Lift Up the Anchor (3:29)
  4. 4 The Things We're Afraid of (3:16)
  5. 5 Iowa (4:51)
  6. 6 Landeth By Sea (3:51)
  7. 7 Shots Rang Out (2:43)
  8. 8 Berlin (5:09)
  9. 9 St. Louis (2:53)
  10. 10 Dear Sam (2:46)
  11. 11 Edge of the World (5:11)
  12. 12 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carrie Elkin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mark Addison Organ, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Danny Schmidt Percussion, Vocals
Trevor Smith Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
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
Technical Credits
Dar Williams Composer
Mark Addison Producer, Engineer
Danny Schmidt Producer
Jerry Tubb Mastering
John Hermanson Vocal Engineer
Colin Brooks Producer
Carrie Elkin Composer
Vanessa Lively Artwork
Jason Lively Artwork
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