Horst-Peter Schmidt, the
Crown Prince Of The Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar, Germany’s answer to Roger
McGuinn, has just released a new CD.
Strongly Recommended by Byrds Flyght to all those who miss the chiming guitar riffs that McGuinn unfortunately abandoned (or nearly).
Here are columnist Eric Sorensen’s liner
JINGLE JANGLE POETRY
Prolific singer/songwriter Horst-Peter Schmidt takes a break from writing the
lyrics on his latest full-length release "Jingle Jangle Poetry”. This
"theme” album combines the verse of poets and bards with Schmidt’s own
compositions and his unmistakable 12-string guitar riffs. The result is a very
pleasant listening experience that showcases both Horst-Peter’s Roger McGuinn
discipleship and his reverence for inspirational poetry that has stood the test
of time. Love, hope, the beauty of nature, the perseverance of the human spirit
and optimism are pervasive themes in the poetry that Schmidt has set to music. Horst-Peter
continues to channel Roger McGuinn through his Rickenbacker 12-string play and
his vocals, and he borrows some of the recording techniques from McGuinn’s
self-produced Limited Edition album. Byrds fans will be most
delighted with the mid-tempo "Red Red Rose” (Robert Burns), "Stopping By Woods
On A Snowy Evening” (Robert Frost) and "Who Knows If The Moon’s (A Balloon)”
(e. e. Cummings). Horst-Peter’s Rickenbacker 12-string riffs are more
muted on the other tracks, and Schmidt employs the use of
synthesizer/programming effects on several songs. While
this is a departure from his usual chiming folk-rock material, "Jingle Jangle
Poetry” continues to reflect Horst-Peter Schmidt’s growth as an artist. I
challenge you to find another contemporary musician who has expanded on the
influences of his musical predecessors as distinctively as Horst-Peter has. "Jingle Jangle Poetry” is the latest jewel in the crown of the Crown Prince
-- Eric Sorensen, "Jangle On!” Columnist
This and other CDs by Horst-Peter Schmidt are available for download from CD Baby at
has just released yet another compilation of Byrds songs.
it’s a 2-disc set called:
THE BYRDS –
ORIGINAL SINGLES – As & B’s – 1965-1971
52 songs (27 on disc 1, 25 on disc 2).
wonder what "It Happens Each Day”, "I Know My Rider” and "Psychodrama City” are
doing on this compilation. They were not issued as singles in that time frame. They
first appeared much later (in the 80s) on
rarities and unreleased tracks compilations albums.
|John York: BYRDS AND BEYOND
with Billy Darnell & Chad Watson
Coffee Gallery Back Stage
Thursday, June 14, 2012 8pm,
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA
It's best to make
A former member of the legendary folk-rock
band, The Byrds, John York has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John,
Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling
Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins. Joining
him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds,
The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and Chad
Watson, legendary bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich,
Freddy Fender and countless other artists.
The show is filled with familiar
Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of
songs from the era.. and the best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band.
Come join us for an evening of great artistry and entertainment.