Schmidt performs solo almost exclusively, with just his voice and his acoustic guitar, preferring the stark and stripped down musical aesthetic which allows the songs themselves to garner the spotlight. The understated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: "Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”
In 2012, Schmidt’s song "This Too Shall Pass" was used in an episode of the popular serial narrative podcast, Welcome To Night Vale, and began to garner his music the attention of listeners outside the folk and roots world. That relationship grew further when Schmidt toured with a traveling production of Welcome To Night Vale in 2015 and 2016.
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