Bob Schneider

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This article is about the Texas musician. For the Louisiana musician, see Robert Schneider. For the American actor/comedian, see Rob Schneider.
Bob Schneider
Bob Schneider - Outside Antones 2009.jpg
Bob Schneider.
Background information
Origin Texas
Genres Pop, rock, folk, country
Years active Early 90s – present
Labels Kirtland Records
Associated acts The Scabs
The Ugly Americans
Texas Bluegrass Massacre

Bob Schneider (born October 12, 1965) is an Austin, Texas–based musician and artist. He currently resides in Bee Cave, Texas.

Early career[edit]

Schneider was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and raised in Munich, Germany. The son of an opera singer, he moved with his parents to Germany when he was two.[1] He learned guitar and piano at an early age, and performed at his parents' parties.

Before performing solo, he performed for years in various bands. He dropped out of the University of Texas at El Paso where he studied art, while performing in his first band, Joe Rockhead. The band independently released three albums before disbanding just prior to signing with a major label. Schneider subsequently performed with Ugly Americans and later as an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band and H.O.R.D.E. festival. In 1997, Schneider cofounded The Scabs, which later merged with the Ugly Americans. The bands did not gain national recognition, though were well-known in the Austin, Texas live music culture.

Solo career[edit]

In 1999, Schneider became a solo act, though performing at first under the band named Lonelyland, which he later dropped as a band name but titled his first major-label album after). Schneider's musical approach as a solo artist has proven as eclectic as the diverse musical styles of his former bands: a little bit singer/songwriter, a whole lot of bits and pieces of funk, country, rock, and folk. Because of the sexual nature of some of his lyrics, Schneider's music has been labeled as "adult alternative" by some.

He went on to record the major-label solo albums Lonelyland (2001) and I'm Good Now (2004), which garnered him significantly more national attention and some critical acclaim. "Big Blue Sea" from the Lonelyland album received significant radio play, as did "Come With Me Tonight" from I'm Good Now. "Metal & Steel" from Lonelyland is, to date, Bob's most played song.[2]

His contract with his labels (signed with Universal in 2001, and then with Vanguard in 2004) allowed him to release albums as "side projects" on his own label Shockorama Records. Among the albums that have been self-released are Galaxy Kings and I've Seen The End of the World and It Looks Like This. All of these side projects were re-released by Vanguard corresponding with the release of his 2006 album The Californian. Previously, these albums were of limited availability and only roughly 10,000 of the albums were printed. After releasing The Californian, he released Greatest Hits Live, recorded in Austin on July 17, 2006, on Shockorama Records, which was only available through his website.

Bob remains committed to playing smaller venues and thrives on the energy of the stage. He currently has a long-standing Monday night residency at the Saxon Pub, and plays the legendary Antone's in Austin, Texas, with both his band and, on occasion, the Scabs, all while maintaining a tireless touring schedule. Although he tours nationwide, he is still known best as a true Austin musician. His musical influences spread into the far reaches of musical culture—funk, soul, folk, lounge, rap, punk, even some melodic experimentalism.

He is also known for having dated Sandra Bullock. It is speculated that the breakup following their relationship became fodder for his music, although Schneider has been known to deny autobiographical content in his music.

Kirtland Records[edit]

In 2009, Bob signed with Kirtland Records to release his critically praised album Lovely Creatures, released September 29, 2009. Lovely Creatures features the single "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)", which has received significant national radio play – peaking at #14 on the AAA Radio Chart.[3] The album and also features Patty Griffin on the track "Changing Your Mind." Bob released a second album under the label entitled "A Perfect Day" on April 19, 2011, featuring the single "Let The Light In." Following a series of website redesigns, his next album "Burden of Proof" was officially announced in December 2012 for an April, then May, and finally June 11 release in 2013.

Soundtrack Contributions[4][edit]

  • 2000 – "Blue Skies for Everyone" was played during the opening sequence of the movie "Gun Shy," starring Liam Neeson and Sandra Bullock.
  • 2000 – "Bullets" was used in the movie "Miss Congeniality," starring Sandra Bullock.
  • 2001 – "Bullets" also appeared on the "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" soundtrack
  • 2002 – "Big Blue Sea" was used in the movie "40 Days and 40 Nights," starring Josh Hartnett
  • 2002 – "The World Exploded Into Love" appeared in the movie "Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," starring Sandra Bullock
  • 2006 – "The World Exploded Into Love" closed out the first episode of the television sitcom "Men in Trees," starring Anne Heche.
  • 2009 – "Love Is Everywhere" is featured in the film and soundtrack of the movie "All About Steve," starring Sandra Bullock
  • 2009 – "Changing Your Mind" is featured in the indie film "Harmony and Me," where he also has a role as a wedding singer

Bob Schneider's Austin Music Awards Highlights[5][edit]

Bob Schneider during live recording session at The Saint, May 2011


Not counting those awarded to The Scabs, Joe Rockhead and Ugly Americans, Bob Schneider has won 24 Austin Music Awards including:

• 2009–10: Band of the Year

• 2009–10: Musician of the Year

• 2009–10: Song of the Year, "40 Dogs (Like Romeo And Juliet)"

• 2009–10: Album of the Year, Lovely Creatures

• 2009–10: Male Vocalist of the Year

• 2009–10: Songwriter of the Year

• 2009–10: Producer of the Year, Dwight Baker for Bob Schneider's Lovely Creatures

• 2008–09: Best Male Vocals

• 2008–09: Best Blue Grass Band, Bob Schneider’s Texas Bluegrass Massacre

• 2008–09: Band of the Year, Lonelyland

• 2004–05: Album of the Year, I’m Good Now

• 2004–05: Song of the Year, “Cap’n Kirk”

• 2003–04: Musician of the Year

• 2001–02: Best Male Vocals

• 2001–02: Best Singer-Songwriter

• 2001–02: Musician of the Year

• 2000–01: Album of the Year, Lonelyland

• 2000–01: Best Male Vocals

• 2000–01: Best Singer-Songwriter

• 2000–01: Best Songwriter

• 2000–01: Musician of the Year

• 1999-00: Best Male Vocals

• 1999-00: Best Songwriter

• 1999-00: Musician of the Year


Bob Schneider
The Scabs
  • Freebird (1998)
  • Bombtracks (1998)
  • More Than a Feeling (1999)
  • Destroyer (2000)
Ugly Americans
  • Ugly Americans (1993)
  • Ugly Americans (Live) (1994)
  • Stereophonic Spanish Fly (1996)
  • Boom Boom Baby (1998)
Joe Rockhead
  • Party Till You're Dead (1991)
  • Crazy (1992)
  • No Going Back (1992)


Almost every one of Schneider's live show are recorded by his sound engineer Jay Thomas and made available for purchase. Originally available only as a double-disc set sold after each performance, Bob began to make and continues to make these recordings (dubbed "Frunk") available for purchase through his website in early 2009. The double-disc sets were gradually phased out throughout 2010/2011.


  • Schneider, Bob (2003). I Have Seen the End of the World and It Looks Like This. Shockorama Books. 
  • Schneider, Bob (2009). The Wild Melancholy. Shockorama Books. 

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