GREEN ROOM CHATTER with BOB SCHNEIDER
2016-2017 Winner of Best Rock Band/Artist
Local favorite Bob Schneider has made a tangible impact on the Austin music scene over the last many years, winning countless Austin Music Awards – and most recently the 2016-2017 Best Rock Band/Artist. Despite his popularity, interviews are sparse so be sure to check out what Bob has to say about the AMAs, Austin, upcoming projects…and, of course, his favorite ATX taco!
What’s the best part of winning an AMA?
It’s so nice to be recognized for what you do, especially in a town like Austin that’s considered to be one of the premiere live music cities in the country. It lets you know that you’re doing something that people appreciate enough to take time out to cast their vote, so it’s just wonderful. Especially, when you are someone like me, who doesn’t get a lot of love from critics or the press.
Funny backstage moment?
I was backstage one night about to go on and receive a ‘Best Musician in Austin’ Award and was pretty happy with myself, and my friend Johnny Goudie was ahead of me in line receiving a ‘Best Keyboard Player’ Award. Johnny’s a great keyboard player and an even better singer-songwriter, but both of us could have listed 4 or 5 local guys that are way better keyboard players than he is. It just reminded me that the Awards don’t necessarily mean that you are the best in that category, just the most popular that year with the folks that voted. It was a nice, humbling moment, and it made us both laugh quite a bit. We both really enjoyed picking up our awards though.
What do you wish for the Austin music scene?
Well, it would be nice if they would cap the rent on live music venues, or something like that. The price of real estate in the city has gotten so out of control that it’s almost impossible to keep a live music venue in business. I’m all about helping out musicians, but they need a place to play first and foremost. It would be great if they could figure that out at some point.
What project/s are you currently working on?
I just finished another album of original material called, ‘Blood and Bones’. It’ll come out at the beginning of 2018. It is similar in tone and scope to my first album, ‘Lonelyland’ and I’m real happy with the way it turned out.
Who are your local musical influences?
Joe Ely, Bad Mutha Goose, Retarted Elf, Miracle Room, Crust, Butthole Surfers, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Soulhat, Hickoids, John Aielli
At the moment, what’s your favorite song by another local artist?
Danny Malone – “Leaves”
On the record but off topic – what’s your favorite taco in Austin?
Rudy’s BBQ breakfast tacos are always great. I love the taquitos at La Condesa as well.