Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, April 29, 2021


Von Schmidt was a staple of the 60s folk music revival and a major influence on artists such as Bob Dylan and Tom Rush.  Among the notables Von Schmidt had recorded with were Richard Farina, Rolf Cahn, "Blind Boy Grunt" (Bob Dylan), Jeff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Fritz Richmond, Mel Lyman, David Blue, James Burton, Louis Shelton, Earl Palmer, Paul Butterfield, Amos Garrett, Garth Hudson, Ben Keith, Billy Mundi, Jim Rooney, Chance Brown, Samuel Charters, Paul Geremia, Bobby Charles, and Rick Danko, 

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and spent the last thirty years of his life concentrating on his career as a painter and illustrator.  He died in 2006, age 75, following a stroke.

"Joshua Gone Barbados":

"Baby, Let Me Lay It on You":

"Wet Birds Fly at Night":

"Envy the Thief":


"Champagne Don't Hurt Me, Baby":

"Turtle Beach":

(A teenager's protest song) "Fast Acne":


"Cocaine" (with Richard Farina & "Blind Boy Grunt"):

"If I Had a Good Dog":

"Fair and Tender Ladies":

"The Alamo":

"Susie Q" (with Dylan taking the lead):

"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out":

This last song helped give me my philosophy of life.  I haven't found a clip of it on YouTube, so here is his daughter Caitlin.  "100 Acre Wood":

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