This route leads singer to many homes

Texas singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin is in Kamloops this week for a concert in a downtown home, part of the Home Routes series of performances that matches  travelling musicians with private hosts. -
Texas singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin is in Kamloops this week for a concert in a downtown home, part of the Home Routes series of performances that matches travelling musicians with private hosts.
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Somewhere in a Kamloops home tomorrow night (Nov. 28), people will gather for a special reason.

They’ll be there for a concert.

Not the kind of musical event one might think of — this is one of the Home Route performances that match willing homeowners with travelling musicians for an intimate, up-close-and-personal music experience.

This one features Austin, Tex., singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin.

Elkin’s on the road making her way up to the Interior from similar shows on the Coast and doesn’t have her cellphone on very often, so KTW interviewed her through email.

• You’ve had quite the background of experiences (she was a talented gymnast and later an organic chemist). What made you settle on music?

Yes yes, I’ve had quite a few different (and random) life paths. The one thing that was always part of my life, regardless of my job, was singing.

It took me a while to truly understand the significance of music in my life. But, really, it just hit me one day.

I remember being on stage and feeling incredibly grounded and also free at the same time. It felt natural and I loved connecting with people on that level. After that moment, I never turned back. I simply took the music route 100 per cent.

It was so exciting and a bit scary, but I have a firm belief that, when we’re being true to ourselves, we’re taken care of in many different ways.

• Do you do just original material or any covers?

I play almost all original music.

On occasion, I’ll throw in a Bob Dylan  tune or an old gospel number but, for the most part, it’s all my own songs.

• Who are your musical influences?

Well, I’ve always loved the great songwriters like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

But, I’ve also been quite influenced by great singers, especially harmony vocalists like Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, the Beach Boys.

• How did you connect with Home Routes and what do you think of the concept?

My significant other, Danny Schmidt, is also a full-time touring musician.

He did a Home Routes tour last year and suggested to the very kind folks in charge over there that they have me for a tour, as well.

The connection was made through Danny and I’m so thankful for that.

Everyone has been so kind.

It’s a brilliant concept and one that I hope continues for many years to come.

It really gives artists a unique opportunity to become part of many different communities on a very intimate level.

I love it artistically and personally.

It’s growthful in a different way than playing big festivals and art centres.

Sitting down and really getting to know folks is a pretty special thing.

• What would one expect at a Carrie Elkin concert?

I’ve been singing my whole life, so I’d say the show is vocally focused.

I love the writing and playing aspect, too, and I put a lot of time and energy into my art.

But, lately, I’ve truly enjoyed storytelling, as the road is full of so many exciting adventures.

The show is a mix of folk/Americana music and storytelling all in one.

• Anything else you might want to add?

I’d just like to reiterate the importance of Home Routes on a cultural level.

They do an incredible job choosing their artists and their vision is pure.

They simply want to connect communities with artists and artists with communities and they understand the importance of this connection.

I’d also like to add that the hosts are doing a wonderful job, too. It’s a true labour of love to be a concert host. They work very hard to get folks from the community to come out. I hope more and more people will come to realize what a special and unique experience this is.

For information on the concert, call Ann Grube at 250-374-3234.

For more information on Home Routes, go here.

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