The creative approach of Carry Illinois is multifaceted. On the one hand, you have a band, with songwriter Lizzy Lehman at the helm, very loyal to folk music’s original roots; that is, a longtime tradition of meaningful personal expression in defiance of society’s prejudices, injustices, insecurities. On the other, the band adds an otherworldly quality to their music not often found in folk, an added element from a more experimental perspective that gives their songs their unique sonic textures.
Carry Illinois made their official debut with their EP Siren, but it wasn’t long before Lehman got the band back to work in the studio for their forthcoming album, Alabaster. (The Austin Music Minute gives a special sneak preview today with the track, “Darkened Sky.”)
Chances are good you’ll hear plenty of new tracks at their show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage, and it’s the perfect bill with The Deer and songwriter Christy Hays. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.
-Photo of Carry Illinois courtesy of Lizzy Lehman.