Known for being part of the folk/blues revival of the 1960s.
He studied art in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship.
He won a Grammy Award for his work on the compilation album Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3 in 1997.
His father was Harold Von Schmidt, a painter who did illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post.
He was involved with the East Coast folk music scene just like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.