Bob Schneider, Cory Morrow
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
With 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 left-handed, 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 left-handed. I've always thought of myself as a round peg in a square hole sort of person. Like I just didn't 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, Schneider's father, an opera singer by trade, dressed him in a leisure suit and took him along to gigs where they'd 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 singer-songwriter Terry Allen. "I remember him saying 'If you're going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life 'cause your degree's 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 sought-after 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. He's 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 I'm 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."
Schneider's 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 Land"—the first single off the album—packs all the energy of a Schneider performance into one fierce, rocking anthem. An instant stand out, "Swimming In The Sea," captures the out-of-body, 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 that's supposed to feel. It's rarely a walk in the park
for me and 'Swimming in the Sea' (which is something that I'm 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 Cohen-esque "Digging for Icicles" highlights Schneider's vast vocal range, his voice dropping as the song descends into mournful meditations. "The Effect," gospel-inflected and danceable, evokes Graceland-era Paul Simon. With the deceptively simple "Tomorrow," the album's only cover, Schneider offers a stunning re-vision of the classic showtune, raw and unguarded. Amidst the hope- tinged 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 couldn't 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 Schneider's decades-long 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 I'm 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 Schneider's trademark fusion of eclectic musical styles, innovative compositions, and intricate, emotion-filled 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 Schneider's 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 Proof's cover and liner notes.
Schneider's 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.
Redemption through music is something Cory Morrow knows well after surviving nearly two decades in the rough and tumble music business. Battles with personal and professional demons inform Morrow's music in a manner that many performers don't have the experience to draw from. His wide ranging life experiences allow him to be a consummate singer/songwriter. He has the ability to write a tale about heartbreak as effortlessly as he can pen one about a carefree goodtime. That truth and authenticity is balanced by his infectious optimism and excitable personality.
A native of Houston, Morrow began playing guitar at a young age, but did not get serious about his music until attending college in Lubbock. Here, he was inspired by Texas songwriting greats like Robert Earl Keen and Townes Van Zandt. Spurred by this musical inspiration and a youthful vigor, Morrow moved to Austin in the early 90's to build his own career. Amidst a sea of night clubs featuring line dancing and Nashville hat acts dominating radio playlists, Morrow set about creating personal music that harkened back to the heyday of Willie Nelson's progressive country movement in the 70's.
Through several years of breakneck touring that featured Morrow's special brand of emotional and energetic live performances, he began to develop a large grassroots following. Coupled with the release of several successful independent albums and Morrow was really beginning to make a name for himself around Texas. By 1999, the music he was making with peers like Pat Green and Owen Temple was becoming a booming cottage industry and gaining nationwide notice. An acclaimed double album and a duets record with Green cemented Morrow's place in Lone Star lore.
Yet, he was not satisfied. The intensity that was found in his hallowed live performances was spilling over into his personal life. The depths he reached while reclaiming his life made him a more well-rounded artist. Over the next several years, Morrow grew his sound by working and writing with dizzying array of successful songwriters and producers.
Now, an elder statesman of the Texas scene he helped create, his latest album Brand New Me showcases an artist in complete control and making some of the best music of his storied career. Music started Morrow's journey and music has reinvigorated him. Behind these new songs and surrounded by a band of touring musicians among the best to be found anywhere, Morrow shows no signs of giving up his throne as one of the best Texas has to offer.
"There are two kinds of people in Texas - those that got West Texas Dust, and those that got East Texas Rust. You got both of 'em!" - Doug Sahm to Kevin Russell
Hey, we all know Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell is a loose cannon. How else to explain covers of R. Kelly's "Feelin' on Yo Booty," and Elvis Costello's Indoor Fireworks" in the same night. Most folks who follow such things consider his outfit, The Gourds, one of the best live bands in the land, in large part because of Russell's brazen eccentricities and creative syntax.
However, the most overlooked thing about Russell is that when he plays it straight - as he does for most of his latest Shinyribs record Well After Awhile - the man can produce some of the funkiest and most beautiful roots music on the planet. It's not to say the "psycholiteranaut w/8 AA batteries-tweed facade-equal parts Waylon Jennings,Robert Rauschenberg and Harvey Korman" (to quote his Twitter feed) doesn't dig into his bag of twistedness here (witness "Poor People's Store"). But a listen to the straight-up duet "Shores Of Galilee" (with Sally Allen), the sweet quasi-fable "Who Built The Moon," or the intimate cover of Sam Cooke's "Change Gonna Come" that closes the record, shows that even when Russell puts aside some of the tricks, he delivers grade-A Country Soul.
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