"Part poet, part storyteller, part indie-rocker, part folk singer, part mad-scientist." Often referred to as "the Bob Dylan of Central New York", J. Schnitt has been bringing his extensive armory of songs, beat-up guitar, and trusty suitcase drum to stages all across the Northeast US and around the globe for going on 20 years now.
Over 22 albums, hundreds of songs written, and thousands of shows, J. Schnitt has established himself as one of the premier singer-songwriters in the independent music world today. He has won a variety of songwriting awards and praises including recognition from the International Songwriting Contest for "excellence in songwriting", among many others.
With his souped-up guitar, harmonicas, and homemade foot-percussion and suitcase drum, he typically performs over 150 shows a year. He has appeared on such prestigious stages as the Nelson Odeon, Mercury Lounge, Club Passim, Shaffer Theater, Babeville, and Westcott Theater to name a few. He has shared the stage with artists The Felice Brothers, Jackie Greene, Dan Bern, Martin Sexton, Peter Mulvey, Ghosts of Paul Revere, and Willie Nile among many others.
Known for his insightful lyrics and wordplay, ranging in topics from current events and political issues to the deeply personal to engaging story songs, he has established himself as a "songwriters songwriter." His latest release "Winter Gospel" is set to be out at the end of 2021.
J. Schnitt is also a founding member of legendary folk-rock band The Reuben James and experimental prog band The Archipelagos. He has also played lead guitar for garage punk rockers The Real Burnouts and upright bass with folk band Auld Lang Syne.