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Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider

Folk / Folk Rock / Americana Austin, TX  US
have yourself a merry little christmas
have yourself a merry little christmas
40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)
40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)
Getting Better
Getting Better
Come With Me Tonight
Come With Me Tonight
Flowerparts
Flowerparts

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Bob Schneider - "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)"

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  • Fri

    Mar 6

    Minneapolis, MN, US | 9:00pm
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    Mar 7

    Evanston, IL, US | 7:00pm
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  • Thu

    Mar 12

    Tulsa, OK, US | 8:00pm

    Bob Schneider Bob SchneiderWebsiteFacebookTwitterWatchLinksWith the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider breaks new ground. Exploring loss, lust, love, dark desires and skeptical optimism, Schneider has crafted lyrically and musically, his most ambitious and sophisticated album to date. Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Schneider was playing music and creating art from the time he was four years old. I was lefthanded, but the nuns at my Catholic school forced me to write with my right hand, Schneider reflects. But I still like to think of myself as lefthanded. Ive always thought of myself as a round peg in a square hole sort of person. Like I just didnt quite fit in. I was socially awkward and I think that led me to finding solace in imaginary worlds that I would create in my art and music. At age ten, Schneiders father, an opera singer by trade, dressed him in a leisure suit and took him along to gigs where theyd perform jazz standards and other hits from the 1940s-70s. Schneider spent his college years as a fine arts major, but dropped out to move to Austin and pursue a music career after taking to heart the words of singersongwriter Terry Allen. I remember him saying If youre going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life cause your degrees not going to make a difference. So Bob Schneider blazed into Austin and has been packing houses and winning over audiences ever since, firmly claiming his place as one of the most soughtafter entertainers in the live music capital. Schneider sells out venues coast to coast from New York, Chicago Minneapolis and Baltimore to LA, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. His live shows are playful and raw, while on stage Schneider commands the room. Hes charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the audience. As he launches into each song with his whole being, the audience is instantly transported, tumbling through the dark recesses of his imagination. Much like Jack White and Ryan Adams, Bob Schneider has mastered the art of keeping his audience on their toes, never knowing what will come next. Schneider dances to the tune of his own drum and the beat changes from album to album. With Burden of Proof, he has elevated his game once again, creating a brilliant and elegant album. Some folks might think that Im taking a big risk musically by getting away from the more easily accessible pop songs of the earlier records, said Schneider. But to me it seems like a natural progression that is more subconscious than conscious really. Schneiders songs and albums thrive on the element of surprise, and the tracks on Burden of Proof are no exception, sure to be a crowd favorite, Unpromised Landthe first single off the albumpacks all the energy of a Schneider performance into one fierce, rocking anthem. An instant stand out, Swimming In The Sea, captures the outofbody, spine tingling magic of falling in love. Schneider adds, I love love songs that go against the grain of what it means to be in love and how thats supposed to feel. Its rarely a walk in the parkfor me and Swimming in the Sea (which is something that Im deathly afraid of) sort of captures the wonder and terror of being in love and not having any control over it all. Other highlights include the Leonard Cohenesque Digging for Icicles highlights Schneiders vast vocal range, his voice dropping as the song descends into mournful meditations. The Effect, gospelinflected and danceable, evokes Gracelandera Paul Simon. With the deceptively simple Tomorrow, the albums only cover, Schneider offers a stunning revision of the classic show tune, raw and unguarded. Amidst the hopetinged despair of Wish the Wind Would Blow Me Schneider tosses out what amounts to a playground insult, I wish your mom was ugly/ And your dad was ugly too, but then deftly twirls it into a disarmingly charming love note, Then they couldnt have had a girl/ To be as beautiful as you. Nearly every track on Burden of Proof features string arrangements composed by Schneider himself. The album also showcases Schneiders decadeslong creative relationship with the Tosca String Quartet. Schneider first paired with the quartet on Love is everywhere, the hidden track off of his award winning album Im Good Now. At the time, Schneider wrote a string arrangement for the beautifully devastating Weed Out the Weak. That fan favorite has finally found a home on Burden of Proof, positioned amongst sensual charmers, danceable bursts of fire and bounce, and contemplative sojourns. Longtime fans will recognize Schneiders trademark fusion of eclectic musical styles, innovative compositions, and intricate, emotionfilled lyrics. Schneider croons, drawing listeners in with the promise of romance. Then the energy shifts, the strings swell, and the songs turn seductively tangy, twisted. Veering away from the traditional music video model, Schneider is instead honoring the cinematic feel of Burden of Proof by engaging the talents and artistic vision of twelve film directors. Directors include internationally renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who shot the video for Schneiders AAA Radio hit 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet) from his 2009 album Lovely Creatures, and award winning photographer and director Dan Winters, whose photograph and drawings grace Burden of Proofs cover and liner notes. Schneiders artistic exploration is not limited to the stage or the studio. He is also a celebrated sculptor, painter, and poet with two published books of poetry and art and another one forthcoming. With Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider delivers a much heralded explosive addition to his already expansive artistic canon, a work of sophisticated craftsmanship and a wild ride to boot.

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    Mar 13

    Tulsa, OK, US | 8:00pm
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  • Sat

    Mar 14

    Houston, TX, US | 3:30pm

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  • Marco De Luca (Artist)
    Marco De Luca
    Hi,great music,if you want,support me on facebook clicking "I like".See you soon. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marco-De-Luca/108812972482919
  • Stuart (Artist)
    Stuart
    Good job keep it up! I really like your music especially "Better" check out my music I hope you find something you like I think "Forever" is a track for you
  • egon erger (Artist)
    egon erger
    diggin' "getting better". very nice tune and vocal delivery. best wishes and success, egon erger
  • Laura Taylor Whitfield (Artist)
    Laura Taylor Whitfield
    la la la la yeah! Bob Schneider is way clever smart cool! gettin'bettuh now eh?
  • Sick Bird (Artist)
    Sick Bird
    Great music u have here!! Check me out when u have time: http://sickbirdmusic.com
  • Justin Langston (Artist)
    Justin Langston
    Hey Bob I'm glad I was able to make it to the show in Midland. Enjoyed our visit see you down the road.

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Label: Shockorama, Rainmaker Artists

Manager: Visionworks Music

Bio: For nearly ten years, Bob Schneider has performed Monday nights at the Saxon Pub, a legendary Austin venue. Bob's recording career spans some 20 albums, which include eight solo albums and those with his bands, The Scabs, Joe Rockhead and The Ugly Americans. If you take a journey through this col...See Full Bio

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