Renowned Texas-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt has announced a May UK tour, including a date at The Glad Café, on Wednesday, May 8 in support of widely-acclaimed new album Standard Deviation.
Named in the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his poetic, poignant lyrics.
With a craftsmanship and emotional depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, and with fantastical narratives reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer.
Sing Out magazine proclaimed that: “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. He is perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”
Standard Deviation is Danny Schmidt’s tenth studio record, and the second independent release since leaving venerable Americana roots label, Red House Records.
These new songs have the same sort of lyrical complexity and poetry that has distinguished Schmidt’s earlier work, but this time they’re draped in the lush ear-candy production of strings and steel guitars and ethereal girl harmonies.
The album tackles some difficult themes and subjects, from gentrification to infertility, radical honesty to quantum entanglement.
But more than any other, the themes of fatherhood and family weave through the record, as Schmidt recently became a first time father, sparking powerful meditations on human connectedness, and on the transformation of identity into the role of Papa.
And on the blinding love released by that process.
Catch Danny Schmidt at The Glad Cafe on Wednesday, May 8 at 7.30pm.
For tickets and more information, visit hwww.thegladcafe.co.uk.