Bob Schneider – “Swimming in the Sea”
When you hear ‘veteran singer-songwriter’, it’s easy to imagine a laid-back, acoustic troubadour, so that makes Bob Schneider’s authentic rock tone hit that much harder. While there probably isn’t a Bob Schneider metal album in our future (oh, but how there should be), the songs throughout his entire catalog, including 2013’s Burden Proof, seem to draw a consistent punch, even when the pace slows down introspectively. Schneider is consistently evolving too – check the auto-tuned vocals and electronic beat that backs the inventive “John Lennon”. I put all of this first because it’s a given for most Austinites and SXSW visitors are already well aware that Schneider is a killer songwriter, consistently putting lyrical content first to rich and giving results. Really like what you hear? You can check out a marathon, 12-hour (!) Bob Schneider set on April 26 at the Saxon Pub. That should do.