Claudia Schmidt plays White Salmon Guitar April 4

Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia Schmidt soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion.

More than thirty years and 16 albums later, Schmidt continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country.

Mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads and breathtaking originals, there's not a style she can't master.

Claudia Schmidt is celebrating her new studio album “New Whirled Order.” The release heralds the happy return of the legacy artist to her former label, Red House Records, with her first studio album for the Grammy-winning indie label since 2000.

Schmidt seamlessly blends folk and jazz idioms into a genre all her own, much as Nina Simone did in her day. A gifted songwriter, she is also an accomplished 12-string guitarist and mountain dulcimer player.

Schmidt will be at White Salmon Guitar for a house concert on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and the venue only has 35 seats available.

White Salmon Guitar, 230 E Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash., 509-254-1834 or email cwilson@

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