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Danny Schmidt


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Austin, United States (2000 – present)

Danny Schmidt (born 7 October 1970) is an American based in Austin, Texas, where he was born and raised. He now lives there with fellow musician and singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin. In 2007 he won the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award.

Schmidt started playing guitar at the age of 12. At age 20, he discovered he liked the blues after tracking the music of Jimi Hendrix back through Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, and Lightning Hopkins all the way to old country gospel and spirituals. He bought an acoustic guitar and eventually discovered the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits and John Prine who taught him about poetry and the melody of words.

Schmidt released his first recording in 2000, an album titled Live at the Prism Coffeehouse. In 2001 he released Enjoying the Fall. 2003 brought his third collection of songs, ‘Make Right the Time’. In 2005 Danny released ‘Parables & Primes’ a critically acclaimed album taking on mystical overtones and a sort of magical-realism reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or Aesop. 2007 saw the release of ‘Little Grey Sheep’ and 2009 the release of ‘Instead the Forest Rose to Sing’, his first release on Red House Records. In 2011 Schmidt released ‘Man of Many Moons’, also on Red House Records.

Schmidt was part of the original King of My Living Room group of Charlottesville songwriters who would go on to do a series of concerts together. As well as Schmidt, the collection of artists included Brady Earnhart, Stratton Salidis, Jan Smith, Lance Brenner, Browning Porter and Jeff Romano.


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  • phthoggos


    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • changeable

    I can't get enough of Danny Schmidt!

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • pendragoness

    e-music, cd baby, amazon

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Wielink_inc

    does anyone have download links for some of his albums ? i can't realy find em >_<

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • changeable

    Great voice, loving his music.

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • IamEowyn

    Danny is awesome! Just heard him play in Brooklyn live. Gorgeous finger picking and voice. And he's funny :-)

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • silverlage

    Beautiful soul, beautiful eyes, beautiful musician

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • antoniozgz

    bueno bueno, muy bueno

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • phthoggos


    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ofnoconsequence

    think early Leonard Cohen in terms of sprawling acoustic guitar driven songs (at least some are like this). his voice is rather unique but a little emotive and he kind of reminds me Bonnie Prince Billy's. The instrumentation (for Parables & Primes at least) is simple and creates a welcoming intimate atmosphere, like an honest, folk-country record. LISTEN TO HIM FOR HIS WONDERFULLY CATCHY RHYMES

    3 Apr 2008 Reply
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