Almost too musically diverse
Bob Schneider's secret: Dominating Austin music & dating Sandra Bullock
If nothing else, Austin-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bob Schneider has demonstrated musical diversity over his two decade career. In fact, diversity might be the one thing that has kept him from becoming a groove-rockin' favorite beyond the borders of the Lone Star State.
Schneider has too much of it.
Within the confines of Texas, he has quite literally been everything to everyone at one point or another.
After dropping out of the University of Texas-El Paso, Schneider started his musical journey with the rock-rap crew Joe Rockhead back in the early 1990s. A few years later, he switched to noodling hippie jams with the Ugly Americans and got that group as far as the H.O.R.D.E. tour opening for The Dave Matthews Band.
Hedging a little close to stability and celebrity with the Ugly Americans, Schneider changed it up again and created The Scabs who specialized in the funk-flickin' rock in much the same vein as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Schneider lived all of these lives before he even began his more well-known solo career which took off with the 2001 release of Lonelyland. In the last decade going it alone, his songs have appeared on movie soundtracks and earned him recognition at the annual Austin Music Awards over the last decade in much the same way Meryl Streep gets regaled at the Oscars (he's won 24 in all, including musician of the year four times).
All that and I haven't even mentioned Schneider's most recent studio album, Lovely Creatures, or that he runs his own indie record label or that he once dated Sandra Bullock.
And he still has found time for a gig at the House of Blues tonight.
I can't even find time to get to the dry cleaner.
Bob Schneider, 8 p.m. Friday at House of Blues