Saturday, March 23, 2013

Better off Broke

As your host sits down to finally do his taxes... why not a great song from Danny Schmidt... that pretty lady sitting next to him in parts of the video is Carrie Elkin.  LOVE this song!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

April 27th Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

Or as Raina Rose called them, "The future Mr. & Mrs. Schmelkin" will grace the Bluff View House concert series on Saturday April 27th... and we're excited.  This Austin Texas couple are both individual Red House recording artists, and we get to see both of them TOGETHER with their unique talents and voices blending.  I did have someone contact me to find out if he could get reservations and he's planning to drive two hours to see them; he had hosted them before but couldn't this time.

Danny has over 7 cds recorded and they are rich in stories beautifully penned in a rural Texan style.  Stories about bank robbers, Grandpa, life on the road, and unique perspective on friends & God; here's a sampling of quotes from his website:

"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
"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

Carrie I met at the Great River Folk Fest, and immediately started planning to host her for a house concert.  I'm always on a lookout for the artist who is throughly enjoying themselves with a people warmth that  works in a house concert.  You could see how she how she taught us paltry singers how to sing and exercise those lungs and vocal chords.  No wonder such a tremendous voice comes out of a little package.  Here's what others have to say about Carrie.

TX MUSIC MAGAZINE:  Named one of Texas Music Magazine's artist's of the year 

"an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith” 
Austin Chronicle 

"Carrie is a fantastically warm singer...a master of conveying the message and emotions of her characters"
Fish Records, UK 

"the sense of vivid connection to Carrie's experience and to her vision of the world epitomises why I listen to singer-songwriters like her"
Flyin' Shoes, UK 

Now that you are convinced; reserve a spot in the house concert.  Or print out a poster and mention it to a friend.  You can call me (number on poster) or email me at, or finally add yourself to the event on Facebook... you would hate to hear it's full and you wanted to come.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Boy I love the day after

Forget about the tearing down the sound system or moving chairs in or out, the day after a house concert normally starts with coffee the artists, Lori's Church recipe egg bake, and more stories and connections both from last night and into the future.  After they take off for the next gig, I get to putz with the recordings, (live one of a kind stuff), post pics, and this time a few videos.  AND YESSSS.

Wow Beth Wood and David Stoddard rocked last night.  Smile were abound, "Wow were talented! Now I know why Tim said that he was in love last time he saw Beth" said Jenny his wife.  Maybe that's why she showed up this time! Ha.  We had a great crowd, a quarter came because they trust us, a quarter wanted to see Beth, a quarter wanted to see David, and quarter came because they insist never to miss one of these living room concerts.

While most of the night both Beth and David supported each other's song, this fine story about a piano's history was one she just enjoyed with the rest of us.

Now this one wasn't from our house concert, but it was from one their first mini-tour and I'm so glad I got a good live recording of it from last night.  Sing it David!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

One week to go...

As I sit here with one week to go, I'm still hoping for ten more people for the audience, but fearing 20 more.. HA.. the life of a small venue.  Watching the audience take shape is always fun, and seeing newbies, the 2-3 show experienced, and the long term supporters blend always give life to the party.

Beth Wood flew over from Oregon, and she and David have started their little Midwest tour together; this one will be special.  I was hoping by now there might be a video from one of their concerts... but there was a picture.  Tantalizing isn't it... HA.  Heck, it's just great acoustic live fun music.

March 15th Friday 7:30 at Holmen WI N7916 Bluff View Ct.  Map  and call 608.526.9051 for RSVP.

Here are some more...

And this one answered my question... even in the cold of Minnesota Beth sings barefooted.