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Music rock and pop singer Bob Schneider picture (pic) and photo gallery, albums covers pictures.
Born: October 12, 1965 Ypsilanti, Michigan,USA.
Bob Schneider biography (bio):
Bob Schneider raised in Munich, Germany. The son of an opera singer, his parents moved to Germany, when he was two. He was taught guitar and piano at an early age.
He kicked around for years in various bands before embarking on a solo career. He dropped out of the University of Texas at El Paso to front his first band, 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 outfit called the Ugly Americans followed, which experienced some success as an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band and Horde.
In 1997, Schneider went on to co-found The Scabs, which is actually Ugly Americans under a different title. With The Scabs, Bob Schneider made a further name for himself as the frontman.
None of these bands gained much national recognition, but built solid reputations on the road. They were also a fixture in the Austin Music culture.
In 1999, Schneider became a solo act, though performing at first under the band name Lonelyland (Which he later dropped as a band name, but titled his first major label album after). Schneider's musical approach as a solo artist has proven as eclectic as the diverse musical styles of his former bands -- a little bit singer/songwriter, a whole lot of bits and pieces of funk, country, rock, and folk.
He went on to record the major label solo albums, Lonelyland (2001) and I'm Good Now (2004), which garnered him significantly more national attention and some critical acclaim. "Big Blue Sea" from the Lonelyland album received some radio play, as did the title track from I'm Good Now.
His contract with his labels (first Universal, and now Vangaurd) allow him to release albums as "side projects" on his own label. Among the albums that have been self-released are, Galaxy Kings and I've Seen The End Of The World And It Looks Like This. All of these side projects were re-released by Vangaurd corresponding with the release of his 2006 album, The Californian. Previously, these albums were of limited availability and only roughly 10,000 of the albums were printed. After releasing "The Californian," his latest studio effort, he released "Greatest Hits Live," which is only available through his website.
Bob remains committed to playing smaller venues and thrives on the energy of the stage. He currently plays regularly at the Saxon Pub and Antone's in Austin, Texas, while touring relentlessly. Although he tours nationwide, he is still known as a true Austin musician. His musical influences spread into the far reaches of musical culture--funk, soul, folk, lounge, rap, punk, even some melodic experimentalism.
He is also known for having dated Sandra Bullock--the breakup that followed their passionate relationship became fodder for his music. It has been speculated that much of his initial national recognition was fostered by his famous girlfriend, but he has maintained a loyal following even after the two parted ways.
Most recently, he is touring with The Dixie Chicks.