Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin is armed with the rare kind of voice that doesn't grab your attention with flash, just sinks its subtle hooks into your soul and hangs on for eternity. It's a little husky, veined with dark colors, with a sly vibrato that seems to seep out of the soil, its gentle authority likewise rising from an organic soulfulness rooted somewhere between West Texas and Appalachia. Think Emmylou, leavened with doses of Nanci Griffith, Lucinda, and maybe Rickie Lee Jones. On Call It My Garden, her third album and first for St. Paul's Red House Records, Elkin wraps distinctive originals around a riveting cover of Dar Willams's "Iowa." Elkin's own songs wrestle with finding meaning in earthy values, grown in a fertile mixture of folk, country, and string-band music. With Mother Banjo. All ages.
Wed., March 9, 9 p.m., 2011