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"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

"His songs are thrillingly poetic." — Rich Warren

"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

Named by The Chicago Tribune to their list of the 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years.

"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

"Schmidt is a stellar poet and musician, and media comparisons to a string of legends are not amiss. He's too original and too good for a mere cult following." — Dirty Linen Magazine

"Danny Schmidt is a young man with blazing lyrical skills and a deserved cult following" — Cambria Arts UK

"This songsmith has been churning out brilliant, poetic songs on the human condition coupled with dazzling technique on his guitar strings for almost a decade." — Jay Trachtenberg, KUT Radio in Austin

"Danny Schmidt's done it again. One of the country's best singer-songwriters has released yet another masterpiece." —

"He might very well be the medieval love child of Ani Difranco and Tom Waits" — WORT radio in Madison, WI

"With beautifully crafted, lonesome pines music and complex beguiling words, he would've fitted neatly on the bill at any '60s coffee house alongside Townes Van Zandt or Leonard Cohen." — Q Magazine UK

"Danny Schmidt's the real thing, a bone fide: Best new songwriter in X years kinda guy" — Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada

"His songs, so lyrically rich, so finely crafted, carry the power of fine poetry. They accentuate the narrative. They celebrate subtlety. Schmidt's songs are filled with nimble wordplay and cool cadences; they move with the light feet of a dancer. But in the tone and theme, they convey weight and depth and substance." — Austin American-Statesman

"His voice is of its own kind, an arresting warble I've witnessed stopping folks in their tracks. The lyrics. Every phrase bursting with irony or humor or revelation or all three. Only one label will stick: sui generis, in a class of his own, one of a kind." — David Kleiner, Minor 7th

"Everything about the man is gentle, except his capacity for insight, which is crushing." — Songwriter Jeffrey Foucault

For Danny's complete presskit online, please CLICK HERE.

Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him "Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years."

Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his words, and his acoustic guitar, Danny's an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The uderstated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: "Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing."

After garnering unanimous critical praise for his self-released Parables & Primes album in 2005, Danny's follow up release, Little Grey Sheep in 2007 began a streak of records that topped the Folk Radio Charts internationally. And on the heels of being crowned one of the prestigeous Kerrville New Folk award winners in 2007, Schmidt signed with venerable Americana roots label Red House Records alongside such notable artists as Greg Brown, Eliza Gilkyson, and Jorma Kaukonen. Red House released his next three albums: the critically acclaimed debut Instead The Forest Rose To Sing in 2009, the spare and intimate Man Of Many Moons in 2011, and culminating with the amorous duo album For Keeps with his partner, Carrie Elkin, in 2014. In 2015, Schmidt returned to his independent roots, releasing a mystical collection of ethereal allegories entitled Owls, on his own label, Live Once Records.

For Danny's complete presskit online, please CLICK HERE.

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If you are interested in booking Danny Schmidt for a concert, festival or private event, please contact:

John Laird, The Americana Agency


Danny also does split-bill shared shows with his life partner (and sometimes performance partner), Carrie Elkin. For shared-show bookings, please also contact John Laird.