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"Ain't Goin' Down That Big Road By Myself!"

... What a rare find is this recording by two "Folk Music Purists" of the early 1960's! (Bob Dylan feely admits to copping "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" from catching Eric Von Schmidt playing it "In The Green Pastures Of Harvard University!" Rolf Cahn & Eric Von Schmidt seamlessly & soulfully blend elements of Blues & Country; Folk & Spirituals on this most bare-boned duet album! Influences abounding: Leadbelly, Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson & Bessie Smith! {The year is 1961: in Cambridge, Massachusetts; in places like the old Club 47 (now Passim Coffeehouse!) and the Unicorn; there planted the seeds of so many "Young Folkies": Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Judy Collins and a fresh-faced 19 year old who called himself Bob Dylan!} Cahn & Schmidt made beautiful music together and it's a real pleasure to see them rise ; like "Lazarus" once more! Grimmbo!


Born: May 28, 1931 in Westport, CT

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Painter, illustrator, singer/songwriter, and folksinger Eric Von Schmidt was a spearhead of the folk revival that swept through Cambridge, Massachusett's Harvard Square in the early '60s. When he wasn't hosting late-night jam sessions at his apartment/studio, Von Schmidt was performing Leadbelly-influenced songs in coffeehouses and inspiring several generations of folk-rooted singer/songwriters. As the third generation of painters in his family, Von Schmidt was the son of famed illustrator Harold...
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