Sunday, July 13, 2008

Review -- DANNY SCHMIDT -- Little Grey Sheep

Danny Schmidt

Waterbug Records

Waterbug Records is a well-known, and respected folk/roots-oriented label, and as such is a perfect home for Danny Schmidt and his latest effort Little Grey Sheep.Schmidt is a definite roots minstrel. He performs roots music which is driven by the lyrics. His voice is the main driver of his sound, and that works. He has a relaxed, friendly delivery which easily takes the listener into the world captured by the words. As a result songs such Leaves Are Burning, Go Ugly Early, Around the Waist, and others become quite personal for the listener. It truly seems you are Schmidt's sole audience, that he is performing the material just for you. That personal connection adds a great deal to the musical experience here.Instrumentally, Schmidt focuses on his acoustic guitar, with just enough spice from harmonica, fiddle, accordion, steel guitar, and others throughout the album to round out the sound. A nice example of minimalist instrumentation used to good advantage.Of course you might expect a smooth, and practiced effort from Schmidt considering Little Grey Sheep is his fifth album, covering a career stretching back to his debut album; Live at the Prism Cafe, released in 1999.This is a nice, relaxed effort which would be perfect for a relaxing day in the shade at some nice park this summer.You can check Schmidt out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 9, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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