Carrie Elkin

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Carrie Elkin
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Background information
Birth name Carrie Lynn Elkin
Born (1973-10-11) October 11, 1973 (age 43)
Genres Folk, country
Occupation(s) vocalist, guitarist, musician, singer-songwriter, composer, lap harpist
Years active 1995–present
Labels Red House Records
Associated acts Danny Schmidt

Carrie Elkin (born October 11, 1973), is a folk/country singer and musician based out of Austin, Texas where she lives with fellow musician and singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt; they married in October 2014. Active since the mid-1990s, she has traveled to and settled in a variety of places, including Cleveland, Athens, Taos, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Springs, and Boston, finally coming to settle in Austin in the summer of 2007. In September 2010 she signed with Red House Records.[1]


She self-released her first album, Simplicity, in 1996. Her second album, Live at the Front Room, was released in 2001. The Waltz arrived in 2004 and The Jeopardy of Circumstance in 2007. Her fifth record, Call It My Garden was released in early 2011 by Red House Records; her first with that label (she originally released the album in 2010). It was produced by Colin Brooks and Danny Schmidt and features Sam Baker, Raina Rose, Robby Hecht, A. J. Roach, Anthony Da Costa, and Storyhill's John Hermanson.[2] The first track, "Jesse Likes Birds" was #1 Song on the FOLKDJ-L radio playlists (a.k.a. "Folk DJ List") for the month of January 2011 — based on 15,346 overall airplays from 157 different radio disc jockeys. It was the #2 Song in February 2011. The album ranked fifth for January 2011 for plays of "Jesse Likes Birds", "Iowa", and "Edge Of The World".[3] It ranked #5 Album again for February 2011 for plays of "Jesse Likes Birds", "Landeth By Sea", and "Guilty Hands" — based on 12596 overall airplays from 149 different DJs.[4]

She appears with Danny Schmidt on his more recent albums. She recorded "Little Drummer Boy" with Danny on the Our Christmas Present (2008) fundraising record for Our Community Place in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Carrie has performed the national anthem at a Chicago Bulls game and opened for such artists as Jesse Winchester, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Greg Brown.[5] She tours extensively, in the US and UK, often appearing with Danny Schmidt live and on his recordings. They both appear as separate acts at the 2010 Storyhill Fest Midwest. She has been selected to appear at the 7th Annual Rice Festival in Fischer, TX November 2010 and the 24th annual International Folk Alliance Conference February 2011 in Memphis, TN. She appeared on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2 August 6, 2009.[6] She sang with Danny Schmidt on the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Show in 2010 (radio hour number 526).[7] Fall 2014 she was playing guitar and accordion and singing with Sam Baker on his 'Say Grace' tour.

In support of her new album, Carrie will be on tour throughout the US and Europe in 2011 and will showcase at the South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) and the International Folk Alliance Conference.[8]

Style and sound[edit]

Carrie is an acoustic guitarist who performs mainly in the folk and country musical genres. She also sings reverential music, similar to gospel; often closing her shows, for example, with a version of "Amazing Grace".

"We have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. Onstage Elkin was simply a force of nature."[9]


Elkin is married to singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt and gave birth to their first child in 2016. They live together in Austin.


With Danny Schmidt at house party in UK
November 30, 2009


Distinctions, honors, and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome Carrie Elkin to the Red House family!" Red House Records release.
  2. ^ Red House Records official website Carrie Elkin biography
  3. ^ "Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of January 2011 (with DJ list)". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of February 2011 (with DJ list)". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  5. ^ Red House Records official website Carrie Elkin biography
  6. ^ "Bob is joined by American roots singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin" on Bob Harris Country BBC Radio 2 Thursday, August 6, 2009 @ 19:00.
  7. ^ WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Show in 2010.
  8. ^ Red House Records official website Carrie Elkin biography
  9. ^ Maverick Magazine article/review "Carrie Elkin: HAPPY TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF A TREE HUGGING HIPPY" March 2011
  10. ^ Interfaith Dental Clinic homepage.
  11. ^ "Best of 2011, So Far" by Jim Caligiuri in earache!, The Austin Chronicle; July 11, 2011.
  12. ^ "Artists of the Year: 2011" by Laura C. Mallonee, Texas Music Magazine – Winter 2012 (p. 59); confirmed by e-mail from Stewart Ramser ( March 13, 2012.
  13. ^ Storyhill Fest Midwest 2010.
  14. ^ WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Show in 2010 (radio hour number 526).
  15. ^ Our Christmas Present 2008 Our Community Place, Harrisonburg, VA.

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