Danny Schmidt – Man of Many Moons

January 01, 1970

(Red House)




Despite his youthful demeanor, Danny Schmidt plays the role
of wizened folkie well. His has been a life of challenges thus far,
encompassing early independent releases, career setbacks and worst of all, a
bout with cancer which he had to endure without the funds to cover his medical
expenses. Fortunately, his fortunes turned around with a New Folk Award from
the famed Kerrville Folk Festival and a signing to the esteemed Red House
Records label. Still, like any good folkie, Schmidt hasn’t forgotten his
earlier travails, and his records, the current one included, freely explore
themes relating to the evils of temptation, the political divide and the
prejudices and stereotypes which have led to our national malaise.


It’s little wonder then that Man of Many Moons is such a solemn and sobering album, imbued with
an inherent sadness that often belies his more melodic instincts. The somber
tones can get tedious after awhile, but fortunately, the overall effect is
tempered by Schmidt’s knack for crafting lofty melodies that are unerringly
sweet and soothing despite their troubled themes. “Houses Sing” and “Ragtime
Ragtime Blues” are tuneful and timeless, while a sturdy take on Dylan’s
“Buckets of Rain” finds a comfortable fit with the world-weary view. His
cleverness is also a virtue, particularly when it comes to songs like “Guilty
By Association Blues” and “Man of Many Moons” where deft lyrics forward an
inherent cynicism that’s both barbed and bittersweet. “Words are risky because
they last,” Schmidt sings in the latter, but in this case, they linger with a


of Many Moons,” “Houses Sing” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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