Nashville-based, singer-songwriter Stuffy Shmitt uses his sideways viewfinder on the world to create moody, personal, hard-hitting songs that deliver a gut-punch, most often with a sliver of hope and hit of humor. His lyrics, melodies and rich vocals take his listeners along for a ride in his bumpy emotional sidecar. This established singer, song writer, guitar player and producer has garnered numerous film and TV credits. He currently resides in East Nashville, where he recently started working on his sixth album.
What the press says:
– “A singular voice whose songs get as much power from the words as from the music… lyrically poetic,” New York Post rock reviewer Dan Aquilante.
– NYC radio personality Vin Scelsa praised, “his tunes knock me out” and “Nothing Is Real is a mesmerizing piece of work.”
– NYC radio host Peter Bochan named the debut CD “one of the best indie releases this year.”
Film and TV credits:
– Independent film, “Happy Tears” Susceptible llc, with Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore
– Independent film, “Lost” Silvercrest Films
– Independent film, “Thirty Days” An Araca Group/Arielle Tepper Production
– Documentary, “Abandoned” Crowing Rooster Arts, Inc., Dupont/Columbia University Award for Excellence – Award-winning children’s film, “Whatever Happened To The Dinosaurs?” Blackwatch Productions
– Theme song, Ace Award winning MTV show “Turn It Up”
-Song featured in Showtime’s “Californication”
Shmitt has worked with: David Johansen (NY Dolls, Buster Pointdexter), Levon Helm (The Band), Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), Jayotis Washington (The Persuasions), Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Bob Metzger (Leonard Cohen), Jon Paris (Johnny Winter, Bo Diddley), drummer Billy Ward (Joan Osborne) and Stockard Channing (The West Wing, Grease). He has performed his own material to sold out crowds in venues coast to coast, including The Basement East and The 5 Spot in Nashville and The Bitter End and Joe’s Pub in New York City.
Shmitt has released five self-produced CDs on his indie label including his debut “Nothing Is Real,” “Dog Steal The Moon,” “Other People’s Stuff “, “Family Favorites” and his most recent album “Industrial Love.” His songs are timeless and thoroughly modern.