Nights at the Roundtable with folk legend Eric von Schmidt and a track from his classic 1970 album 2nd Right, 3rd Row and "Loop The Loop".
September 27, 2011

Eric von Schmidt - one of the most influential figures in 1950's and 60's Folk music most people never heard of.

Continuing Guilty Pleasures week with Eric von Schmidt, a name which wins instant recognition in the Folk Music world, but sadly doesn't register outside of it. As something of a Citizen of The World, Schmidt had an encyclopedic knowledge of Folk and rural Blues (as well as being a painter of note), and he was largely responsible for influencing the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and countless other luminaries in the early 60's folk world, shaping their taste and acting as guiding light in their early careers.

Von Schmidt was also a wildly talented singer-songwriter in his own right and he recorded several albums over the course of his career - most of which are luckily available today as reissues, including tonight's track from his 1970 album 2nd Right, 3rd Row and Loop The Loop.

Like everything about him, it's an eclectic album that may take some getting used to. Sadly, von Schmidt died in 2007, leaving a rich legacy and a lot of grateful people. Here's a taste of what you missed and maybe you can make a re-discovery.

Thankfully there's no such thing as forgotten in music - just collections of notes and points of view, sitting in a corner, waiting to be discovered.

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