We love February! It’s our favorite month of the year for music! However, we are heartbroken that this will be the last year the Folk Alliance International Conference will take place in Memphis. We’ve met so many fantastic musicians over the past 6 years and have had the pleasure of hosting many of them at Ardent Studios. Today we had the opportunity to chat with two of our favorites, Carrie Elkin and Robby Hecht.
Austin based Elkin and Nashville based Hecht met at Folk Alliance a few years back and quickly bonded. Since meeting they’ve played on each others albums and toured together. The two are as nice as they are talented and we just hope that now that the conference is no longer in Memphis, they’ll still be drawn enough to the city to come back and play, even if it’s only to eat our chicken and barbecue!
Elkin and Hecht will be playing showcases for the next three days at FAI downtown and Hecht will be opening for Katie Herzig tomorrow night at The Hi-Tone. Take a listen to our interview and keep an eye out for them when they come to your town!
Carrie Elkin is a soulful singer with a gypsy spirit, a songwriter with a keen eye. Inspired by her travels and the many places she has called home– Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Boston, Austin–she documents the human condition with sensitivity and humor, crafting songs that have garnered attention at prestigious songwriting contests, including Mountain Stage NewSong and the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase.
Carrie is a born performer, possessing an infectious energy that cannot be contained. As Maverick Magazine so eloquently put it: “We have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. Onstage Elkin was simply a force of nature.” With her dazzling voice and unpretentious charm, she wins over new fans at every show, whether playing at a headlining club gig, singing the national anthem in front of 20,000 at a Chicago Bulls game or opening for artists like Jesse Winchester, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Greg Brown.
Robby Hecht is a romantic realist. He writes melodic and captivating songs that don’t shy away from the complexity of human relationships and delivers them with a smooth tenor that evokes both sorrow and hope. His new record, and second solo effort, takes the listener through a broad spectrum of emotions touching on forgiveness, love, indifference, joy, self-doubt and more. He writes with an honestly that captures the truth of a sentiment, building allegorical themes that allow anyone to relate the songs to the experiences of his or her own life.
With its blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation, Last of The Long Days harkens back to a time when well-crafted lyrics and timeless melodies ruled the radio airwaves. “Real Someday” is a hopeful mid-tempo tune with a lyric that promises there will be better days to come. The chorus is a descending, wordless harmony with Jill Andrews, formerly of The Everybodyfields, supplying the soaring backing vocals. The folksy “Pot of Gold” sings the praises of a long time relationship while playing on traditional methods of fortune seeking. On this track, muted upright bass and James Digirolamo’s accordion complement Hecht’s warm, assuring vocals and intricate fingerpicking.