Charlie Schmidt was a contemporary of his friend and mentor, the late John Fahey, and his own personal universe collided with the master of the acoustic steel string in a very interesting and bemusing manner. Long in the making, Schmidt's debut Xanthe Terra is finally seeing the light of day,
and it is a stunner; melancholic musings and gorgeous melodies are offered like midnight prayers through ringing and singing wood and steel. Following firmly in the American Primitive footsteps of Fahey and Peter Lang, Xanthe Terra is glorious guitar soli, an important new work to the new acoustic movement.
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