Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt | For Keeps

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For Keeps

by Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

Passing the guitar back-and-forth, taking turns singing harmonies with each other, this is the debut DUO album by these two renowned Austin, TX songwriters.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two White Clouds
3:38 album only
2. Echo in the Hills
4:36 album only
3. Kiss Me Now
4:11 album only
4. Company of Friends
3:50 album only
5. Swing from a Note
4:10 album only
6. Took It Like a Man
3:04 album only
7. Sky Picked Blue
3:09 album only
8. Longing Moves the Ocean
3:44 album only
9. If I Need to Know
2:41 album only
10. Girl in the Woods
3:59 album only


Album Notes
For Keeps is the debut duo album by Red House artists Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt, each acclaimed solo artists on the venerable roots label, Red House Records. Carrie has a huge voice and is a riveting, impassioned live performer drawing comparisons to Iris Dement and Patti Griffith; Danny is a literary songsmith who's garnered comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Josh Ritter, and Townes Van Zandt. Both are exceptional songwriters whose melodies and lyrical twists live inside your head long after listening.

Somewhere along the winding and tangled paths of their 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. For Keeps is the culmination of these two individual artists, in relationship. 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.

For Keeps is an intriguing, honest peek into the dialogue of a couple, lending perspectives on community and friendship, on communication, on building a life together, on marriage, on fertility, on difficult times together and on the easy-loving ones "It's the stuff we all talk about, or all don't talk about, but should," Danny says. For Keeps gives us a seat at the table for these meaningful conversations.

The anthemic "Company of Friends" suggests that we are judged, ultimately, by the company we keep. The upbeat "Two White Clouds" is a catchy pop creation story/fertility blessing, and "Sky Picked Blue" is about the serendipitous and inevitable nature of Love -- who it brings into our lives, and how hopeless we are to resist.

"Echo In the Hills" features an ethereal, haunting vocal by Carrie. "It's a song about finding and keeping one's own sense of self and identity in the process of coming together with another strong individual," she says. The achingly beautiful "Longing Moves The Ocean" deals with heartbreak and the mourning process while "Took It Like A Man" talks about learning to trust in your own commitment.

The record and the relationship follow parallel narrative arcs, 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.

Danny and Carrie will be touring the US and abroad as a duo in 2014-2015, and are currently touring as the musical guests for the sold-out "Welcome to Night Vale" live tour.

For more info and tour dates:
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Carrie Elkin:

Recent quotes:
"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



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