Bob Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician. To date, he has won 59, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, Best Male Vocals. Schneider is on tour with his latest album, …
Bob Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician. To date, he has won 59, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, Best Male Vocals. Schneider is on tour with his latest album, "Blood and Bones," which won Best Album at the most recent round of Austin Music Awards.
AMP Concerts presents Bob Schneider on Saturday (April 20), 8 p.m., at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.
Since Schneider doesn't give phone interviews, I tried to catch up with him by email.
What does the phrase "Blood and Bones" mean to you?" I asked.
"It's what people are made of, mostly. About 99 percent blood and bones and the other one percent varies depending on what sex you are. Also, I like blood and bones in general. Not to eat, though," Schneider replied. That was the most on point answer I received. The rest of my questions elicited glib comments about Harry Potter's Hogwarts School, the #Timesup movement, weight loss and other tangential threads.
According to his press materials, Schneider's album is his seventh studio album since his 2001 solo debut album, "Lonely Land." Glib comments notwithstanding, Schneider does has a thoughtful, reflective side. It comes out in the songs on "Blood and Bones," which Schneider has said are about this particular phase of his life.
In a statement from his bio, Schneider explains, "I'm remarried, I have a 2-year-old baby daughter who was born over two months premature because my wife had life-threatening preeclampsia. So dealing with that traumatic event while getting older and looking at death in a realistic, matter-of-fact way, experiencing the most joy I've ever experienced along with feelings of utter despondency in a way that would have been impossible to experience earlier in my life, all comes out in the songs. My relationship with my wife is the longest committed relationship I've ever been in, so there was a lot of unchartered territory there to write about."
The title track of "Blood and Bones," speaks to this: "I wish I could make you see how wonderful everything is most of the time, but I'm only blood and bones," Schneider sings.
In "Easy," Schneider directs his words to his young daughter. "It's always been a scary thing to do, to let my heart fall down into the endless blue, but it's easy with you."
Many of his newer songs dwell on mortality such as "Hours and Days" and "Snowmen." "We're just snowmen waiting for the summer," Schneider sings. "We can't bring them back, can't bring nothing back."
Other more raucous songs like "Make Drugs Get Money" and "Texaco" are good at pleasing crowds, and getting people up and moving.
"Blood and Bones" was recorded with producer Dwight Baker with the Austin musicians who have played with Schneider for the last two decades at the monthly residency Schneider has at Austin's Saxon Pub.
In addition to being a musician, Schneider is a compelling visual artist and a poet. Some examples of his bright, collage-style artwork are found on his website's gallery page at bobschneider.com.
Opening for Bob Schneider's Taos show is Ry Taylor, the son of popular Northern New Mexican singer-songwriter Rod Taylor. Ry was born and raised in Cimarron on the Philmont Scout Ranch. He plays Americana style music that incorporates Latin jazz, alternative rock and more.
For information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900.
Tickets are available for $25 on the day of the show and for $23 in advance at taosmesabrewing.com or by phone through Hold My Ticket at (505) 886-1251.
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