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Instead The Forest Rose To Sing

by Danny Schmidt

2009. Americana UK calls Danny: "a captivating talent, with an intensely literate take on things that, at times, recalls that of Josh Ritter . . . but, if anything, encompasses a wider stylistic range and an arguably even greater sense of poeticism."
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better Off Broke
3:34 album only
2. Swing Me Down
3:55 album only
3. Grampa Built Bridges
3:18 album only
4. Southland Street
4:03 album only
5. Two Timing Bank Robber's Lament
4:39 album only
6. Firestorm
3:46 album only
7. Serpentine Cycle of Money
4:11 album only
8. Oh Bally Ho
3:06 album only
9. Accidentally Daisies
2:12 album only
10. The Night's Beginning to Shine
4:29 album only


Album Notes
"Instead The Forest Rose To Sing" is Danny's 6th album to date, and his debut release on reknowned folk label, Red House Records. It was recorded at Congress House studio in Austin, TX and co-produced by Mark Hallman (who has worked with Eliza Gilkyson, Ani DeFranco, Carol King, and many more).

It's release has been met with rave critical reviews and three straight month's atop the Folk DJ Radio charts.

Please visit Danny's website for much more information about this album, including a song-by-song commentary, full MP3 samples, reviews, and all the lyrics.



"His songs, so lyrically rich, so finely crafted, carry the power of fine poetry. This collection of new tunes is clearly the break-through album, a record that showcases his breadth as a writer."
- Brad Buchholz, Austin American-Statesman

"Bottomless, what a talent!"
- Arthur Wood, FolkWax Magazine, 10 stars out of 10

"Schmidt works his magic as effortlessly as breathing. His songs are so organic and fluent that they seem always to have existed, waiting only to be plucked from the air by someone with the vision to find them. Grounded firmly in roots music, the melodies are free to wander among diverse styles, and if you're not singing along, you'll feel like you should be.

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. Make a place in your collection for this album -- then leave some room for more."
- Colleen Moore, Dirty Linen

"You’ll find considerable subtlety along the way, and you’ll want to repeat this trip often -- as with the few dozen other truly gifted songwriters of recent decades, Instead the Forest Rose to Sing can’t be taken in all at once."
- David Cantor, GoodSound!

"American singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been the secret tip among folk fans since the beginning of the decade, but only after this, his sixth album, has he started attracting the attention that, based on his talent, he should have received a long time ago. Instead the Forest Rose To Sing is easily his best and most diverse CD to date. And I am convinced that with this release, Danny Schmidt has lost his status of 'cult favorite' and will have to live the rest of his life as one of the great singer/songwriters of his generation."
- Piter Wijinstekers, Heaven Magazine, Netherlands 4.5 out of 5 stars

"There's only one way to explain this magician: sui generis. Schmidt's picking is "of its own kind." 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. And now, with Schmidt's most fully realized record to date, he makes good use of a greater sonic palette and more delicate engineering."
- David Kleiner, Minor7th

"Danny still continues to follow the time-honoured musical templates of folky Americana, with occasional dashes of indie-roots-rock and blues, and his gently quivering yet strong and resonant vocal style continues to enchant. With excellent songs and performances like these, Danny’s set to seduce us for some time yet, I suspect."
- David Kidman, NetRhythms UK

"His idiosyncratic, meticulously constructed folk songs are infused with intellect and quirkiness."
- The New Yorker

"Instead The Forest Rose To Sing is filled to the brim with excellently written and delivered songs. What can I say? It’s time to track down his earlier releases as well. Danny Schmidt’s the real thing, a bone fide 'best new songwriter in ‘x’ years' kinda guy. He’s a good ’un."
- Les Siemieniuk, Penguin Eggs, Canada

"Instead the Forest Rose to Sing showcases Schmidt's rather stunning aptitude for creative wordplay and memorable melodies. Like few I've heard in recent years, Schmidt captures the durable quality of folk melodicism -- enduring strength built on bare-bones simplicity. It helps, too, that the arrangements are well nigh perfect: acoustic, sometimes full, but always affording the sense of sailing lightly and confidently."
- Jerome Clark, Rambles.net

"As if John Steinbeck’s prose has been set to music."
- Roots Time, Belgium

"Danny Schmidt is not of the supernatural. Not that we've actually authenticated his birth cerificate and, maybe more importantly, he has never made such a claim but his work produces a leavening reaction in listeners, hence our proclamation. The late Townes Van Zandt sang "to live is to fly, low and high..." and Schmidt's artistry thankfully transports his listeners to those higher elevations, far from any depths or the mundane. Short of earthly deification, such is the highest tribute that can be awarded to those in the creative arts.

And with his latest release, "Instead the Forest Rose to Sing," Schmidt continues his enchanting prowess, a blend of the intriguing and the challenging. He is not a lyrical A to B to C composer -- with him, depth prevails and metaphor reigns supreme.

The affection for artistry is and always will be idiosyncratic but here's a challenge: who is a better songwriter nowadays than Danny Schmidt?"
- Kevin McCarthy, Folk Music Reviews



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