scene fixture Bob Schneider is in the radio.wazee
spotlight this week with the latest offering from
his Universal album "Lonelyland," "Big
was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, but grew up in Germany,
the son of an American opera singer. He was taught
guitar and piano at an early age, and showed promise
as an illustrator as early as 5.
from high school, he attended an American university
in Munich, and then the University of Texas at El
Paso where he majored in fine arts. However, he soon
dropped out, and moved to Austin to pursue a career
in music. The first band he fronted was the funk-and-rap
outfit Joe Rockhead. The band independently released
three albums before disbanding
immediately prior to signing with a major label. A
stint with a jamming, Phish-y outfit called the Ugly
Americans followed (which experienced some success
as an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band and Horde)
and the group released two CDs under Capricorn Records.
After releasing themselves from their recording contract
in 1997, the band became known as the Scabs, where
Schneider made a further name for himself as a crotch-grabbing
front man. The Scabs released three full-length CDs
and one E.P., and still perform today as one of the
most popular dance bands in all of Texas.
Schneider became a solo act, though performing at
first under the band name Lonelyland. He went on to
sweep the 2000 Austin Music Awards by being named
Musician of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, Best Songwriter
and Band of the Year. Schneider released three solo
albums independently, "Lonelyland" being
the second. It was picked up by Universal and came
out in March, 2001.
is on a tour of Texas through the end of the year.
You'll hear his newest single, "Big Blue Sea"