Austin artists Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have just released a new album For Keeps on Red House Records. For Keeps celebrates the duo’s coming together — as a couple (they’ll be married soon) — and as artists. It’s an album of passing the guitar back and forth, sharing songs, alternating perspectives on the subject of relationship, with each joining the other in harmony. Carrie has a huge voice while Danny is a literary song smith who balances compassion and commentary.
Somewhere along the paths of their separate touring lives, they became entwined romantically and then artistically and began touring together in 2012. As new songs emerged during that period, it became apparent that certain of those songs belonged together, a sort of his and hers take on life and love. Just released, For Keeps is the culmination, with Danny and Carrie tying together their artistic and personal lives, with the album release coinciding with their upcoming wedding in October 2014. The song “Kiss Me Now” in fact was Danny’s proposal to Carrie from last year’s SXSW Musical Festival when they both performed. Fast forward a year to For Keeps, a thought-provoking celebration of love and the cycle of life.
There has been so much buzz about these artists as well as the new album (check out some of the gushing below) that I need to uncover more and quickly. I’ve already heard one track from the album – “Two White Clouds” and it is delightfully engaging. I am very keen to get hold of the full product.
With her 2011 Red House Records release, Call it my Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. It’s the power of her live performances that really have been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist. Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: “I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That’s the gospel truth. Onstage, Elkin was simply a force of nature.”
Named to the Chicago Tribune’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years,” Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult status to being recognized as an artist of generational significance. Danny is considered a pre-eminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: “The best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”
Carrie Elkin is “spellbinding…made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.”
– Bob Harris, BBC Radio
“Is it fair to call Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt: Austin’s first family of folk music? With Schmidt considered one of the most exciting new folk artists of the past 10 years and Elkin equally charming, the answer’s an unqualified yes.”
— Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle
“Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin, two gifted Austin-based singer-songwriters, with a naturalness and good-humored, salty symbiosis encountered in such classic musical couplings as Johnny Cash and June Carter and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.” — Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press
“Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt captivated the capacity crowd with their energy, wit, spirit, passion and of course their music. They complement each other so well, Elkin with her élan, and Schmidt with his more reserved nature.”
— Jela Webb, No Depression