Richard Shindell (born August 3, 1960) is an American folk singer, songwriter, and musician. Shindell grew up in Port Washington, New York. He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his wife, a university professor, and their children.
Shindell’s songwriting often involves storytelling from a first-person point of view: an INS officer and illegal immigrant in "Fishing", a World War II soldier in "Sparrow’s Point", a Confederate drummerboy in "Arrowhead", an Argentine grandmother in "Abuelita", and a power broker in "Confession". His other personas include a New York City cab driver in "Last Fare of the Day", a man on death row in "Ascent", an American Civil War widow in "Reunion Hill", and Mary Magdalene.
Shindell’s career received a boost in 1997 when Joan Baez recorded three of his songs ("Fishing," "Reunion Hill" and "Money for Floods") for her album Gone from Danger and invited the aspiring singer-songwriter to join her 1997–98 tour.
Shindell collaborated with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky to form the group Cry Cry Cry. On their eponymous 1998 album, Cry Cry Cry covered an eclectic mix of songwriters, from the well known (R.E.M.) to the lesser known (folk singer James Keelaghan). The trio toured in support of their album before resuming solo careers. Shindell and Kaplansky have often performed live together in the years since.
A recording of cover songs, South of Delia, was released on Shindell’s website in March 2007. An album of original material, Not Far Now, appeared in 2009. 13 Songs You May Or May Not Have Heard Before, a compilation of reworked previous releases and some new material, followed in 2011.
Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky have reunited to collaborate on a new album of cover songs, Tomorrow You’re Going, funded through Kickstarter, and released in March 2015.