Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider

Maxwell Mud

Thursday, April 18

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Washington's

$17.00 - $20.00

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Bob Schneider
Bob Schneider
Blood and Bones

One of Austin’s most celebrated musicians, Bob Schneider, is set to release his new album, ​Blood and Bones​ – his 7th studio album since his 2001 solo debut ​Lonelyland​ – on June 8th via his Shockorama Records imprint. ​Blood and Bones​ captures Schneider at a unique, and distinct, place. “Most of the songs are about this phase of my life,” he admits. “I’m re-married, 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 songs on ​Blood and Bones​ reflect this. Recorded quickly with producer Dwight Baker, who has worked with Schneider on 6 of his previous releases, the album highlights the chemistry that Schneider and his backing band of Austin’s very best musicians have developed while relentlessly playing live, most notably at the monthly residency Schneider has held at Austin’s Saxon Pub for the last 19 years. “I didn’t want to overthink the songs,” Schneider says. “I really respect Dwight’s ability to make great calls when it comes to what works and isn’t working when we are recording the songs. I felt pretty good about the quality of the songwriting, so I figured that would come through in the end if we just went in and played them the way I do live.”

While the performance and production are stellar, the songwriting finds Schneider in a particularly reflective mode. Sure, there are live favorites like “Make Drugs Get Money” and “Texaco” that will get even the most reserved crowds dancing. But more often the album finds Schneider reflecting on marriage, parenthood, and mortality. “I wish I could make you see how wonderful everything is most of the time, but I’m only blood and bones,” he sings on the title track, a meditation on the beauty and the limits of marriage. Later, on “Easy,” he tells his 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.” Through it all, there is a clear sense of mortality, of just how fleeting all of this is. “The hours and days stack up in the mirror,” he sings on “Hours and Days”. “We’re just snowmen waiting for the summer” he sings on “Snowmen”, before adding “we can’t bring them back, can’t bring nothing back.”

One thing Schneider has excelled at in his career is bringing audiences back. Though he has received little national press or major label support, he has managed to become one of the biggest acts in Austin, if not in Texas. His fans, who often discover him from being brought to his shows by their friends, are fiercely loyal. Many have attended dozens or even hundreds of shows. Thanks to these fans, Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals, rounding in at 54 total awards to date.

In retrospect, it appears inevitable that Bob Schneider would become an artist. He was born in Michigan and raised in Germany, where his father pursued a career as a professional opera singer. As a boy, Schneider studied piano and guitar, often performing at family parties and backing his father on drums at nightclubs throughout his youth in Germany and Texas. He went on to study art – his other primary passion and avocation – at the University of Texas El Paso, before moving to Austin and establishing himself as a musician. He performs relentlessly, creates new music compulsively, writes poetry, and regularly shows his visual art in galleries around Austin. With ​Blood and Bones​, Schneider further cements his reputation as one of the most versatile, inventive, and engaging songwriters working today.
Maxwell Mud
Maxwell Mud
Drawing inspiration from Rock and Roll and Blues music, Maxwell Mud delivers a sound as American as the Ford Mustang. A trio of seasoned musicians from the Midwest, this rock and roll powerhouse produces a rich, high-energy sound to go along with their a sharp-dressed image. They are quickly gaining acclaim for their unrelenting Rock and Roll and classic style and are catching the attention of Rock and Roll purists everywhere.

Maxwell Mud released their self-titled debut album on November 21, 2015.

About the Band Members:
Brian Kittrell’s songwriting is inspired heavily by The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, but more so by the desire to keep the American culture of the blues alive and unforgotten. Not all he writes and performs is the blues, but he honors the art of storytelling, character building, and expression of truth. Brian is excited about Maxwell Mud because it is original and diverse, and all three musicians are invested in the art. The songs pour out of him and he has his two best friends there to interpret and add to the music. The band is tight, yet a springboard for improvisation.

Kenny Jones is a complex and unconventional rock musician. Highly-educated, classically trained, and surprisingly underexposed to modern music as a child, this bassist has taken to all things Rock and Roll, and Bluegrass, drawing inspiration from Victor Wooten and Edgar Meyer. Maxwell Mud allows Jones to act in a traditional role of a filtering agent, while taking detours into melodies, contouring through the landscape of the songwriting.

Kevin Johnson was influenced greatly by the tight, heavy sound of Led Zeppelin and all projects Josh Homme. He brings his versatility as a drummer to Maxwell Mud, able to relate to all parts because his own musicianship as a guitarist, bassist, drummer and singer-songwriter. Kevin is embracing putting his style into the trio dynamic in his own low-key way. Kevin really digs the fact that Maxwell Mud is a three-piece. This is his first time as a drummer in a band and he loves the dynamic. He likes watching Kenny and Brian work together and be brilliant, then throwing in his 2 cents to cap it off.
Venue Information:
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