Our next house concert is scheduled and it is with Austin singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt on Sunday, September 11. Danny has played our series once before and he is one of the few artists I would consider for a return engagement. I honestly can’t name any other artist on tour who combines his literate/poetic songwriting with his amazingly subtle guitar playing and wonderful voice (plus he’s a big UT football/basketball fan – a rare trait in a folkie!). The house concert is located at _________________ in Oak Park. Since it’s a Sunday night doors will open at 7pm and we should have music by 7:30pm. As always we’ll provide the snacks and the beer and wine but we do ask for a $20 donation that will go to the artist. Please RSVP to (cbonnell (at) gmail.com) if you can make it and feel free to forward this to any music loving friends you may have.
Danny’s newest record is called Man Of Many Moons and while it’s not a concept record per se, there are connections and threads that are interchanged though out and between the songs. For instance there’s a fairly biting political tome called “Guilty By Association Blues” and then a sequel to that song called “Almost Around The World” that deals with the repercussions of such a song. There’s a song called “Two Guitars” that is written for his friend and fellow artist Paul Curreri and details the early part of their artistic careers. There’s also an eloquent song about Danny (And Carrie Elkin’s) Austin house buying adventure – the line “And I can see my daughter swinging in the shade of every tree; Can’t you hear them houses sing?” is enough to bring a tear to even a skeptic’s eye. Danny also does a wonderful cover of Dylan’s “Buckets Of Rain” (YouTube video).
Recent Press for Danny Schmidt:
“Danny Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, and surprise.”
- Sing Out! Magazine
“The most brilliant young songwriter I’ve heard in the past 25 years. His songs are thrillingly poetic.”
- Rich Warren, The Midnight Special
“In his use of parable and allegory, there are inevitable comparisons with Cohen and Dylan, but these are songs of such quality and beauty that they more than hold their own in this exalted company.”
– 5 stars out of 5, Maverick Magazine UK
“With seductive simplicity, his music demands your attention.”
- Texas Monthly
“In today’s underground folk world, Danny Schmidt is spoken of in reverent tones, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, with a poetry that breathes naturally and without pretension, with results that are both attractive and intense.”
- Austin Chronicle
Music samples from Danny Schmidt (right click,save as):
Better Off Broke
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday night. Hope you can make it, and please rsvp (cbonnell (at) gmail.com) to save yourself a spot.