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Bob Schneider

Friday, February 7, 2020, 9:00 PM

Paraphrasing Waylon, it dont matter whos in Austin, Bob Schneider is still the king Texas MonthlyWhen Spotify released its ranking of the top songs streamed in Austin in 2015, no one was surprised to find Bob Schneider holding the top three spots. For decades, no matter how the Austin music scene has evolved, or how the music industry has transformed, Bob Schneider has thrived. Known for his fiercely independent attitude and endless drive to innovate and create, Bob has built an unprecedented career in Austin.Bob Schneider just might be the best artist youve never heard of. But this year alone, hell play over 80 shows in Austin and hes headlining every premiere venue in townthe Paramount, the Bass Concert Hall, Dell Hall at the Long Center, and ACL Live/Moody Theater. Sure, hes struggled to break out of the Texas bubble, but this doesnt stop him. If I were to listen to the gatekeepersthe critics, the chartsId never have done anything. And though the media barely grants him sidelong glances, the audiences keep coming.Bob packs houses, he croons, he makes everybody swoon.In the heavy Texas summer heat, Bob Schneider stands in his garage, splattered in paint. Thick leaves pulled from fine art books soak in water baths as he prepares layers for a new collage. Intestines swirl on faces, haunted eyes peer out, and paintbrushes coat layers upon layers of glue as images transform one atop the other until Bob steps back, done.The collage will find itself as the cover of Bobs latest album, a curated collection of three thematically-linked five song EPs, collectively titled King Kong. The album hearkens back to his earliest releases, Lonelyland (2001), Im Good Now (2004), albums that brought the essence of Bobgood songs, all genres, fun and harrowing, sharp and insightful. Songs to dance to, to laugh with, to mourn through.Fans who buy the physical album are treated to an artistic masterpiece, a collectors dream, with prints of Bobs art wrapping the music.Bob Schneider is tenacious, constantly churning out new work. Hes thinking ahead, two albums down the line. When Im recording a record, when Im mixing a record, Im still writing songs. Im always writing songs. Hes known for his prolific catalogue, more songs than most other bands on the charts havecombined. He brims with projects and ideas: a demo biblea collection of 1000 original demos with lyricsis long in the works, a way for his longterm fans to access all of his songs and all of their lyrics, from the deeply poetic to the tangled and twisted to the flat-out profane. Hes also hard at work developing The Across The World Symphony.Bob doesnt sleep. At least, it seems like he doesnt sleep. Hes working on an arrangement at four a.m. He stays up all night filming and editing videos to accompany the songs on King Kong, releasing new videos weekly.Offered a new projecta cameo appearance in a film, the chance to judge the Literary DeathMatch, and Bobs all in: That sounds terrifying. Ill totally do it. He thrives on the challenge, happier to tackle projects that teeter on the edge of failure than return to the mundane sure successes.Tell Bob that he cant do a project, and hell just stop talking to you about it. I have a complete inability to take no for an answer, he laughs. If hes got his mind set on it, hes going to make it happen. Ideas, projects, art pours out of him.One spring afternoon, he arrives at a friends yard to haul off a six-foot-tall tree trunk that blew down in a storm. Coming straight from a photo shoot, hes dressed to the nines, but quickly gets covered in mulch and bark as he lugs the giant logs around, investigating which one he wants to bring home.Hell work it on his back patio, sanding and sawing and sanding until hes got another in a series of haunting wooden sculptures, phallic, monk-like, a wooden choir of silent song and prayer. Trees fall, Bob crafts, sawdust in his hair.Then he crashes into bed, catches just enough downtime to revive him, and wakes again, moving

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