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Bob Schneider Rides Wave Of Home Town Love

of the Oakland Press

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Bob Schneider says he was “just trying to make as good of a record as possible” with “Lovely Creatures,” his latest album. And his hometown of Austin, Texas, seems to think that was the case.

Schneider was the big winner at last week’s Austin Music Awards, winning five trophies, including Musician of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. The singer-songwriter may have a cult following, but the awards provided vindication that he’s doing something right.

“The idea was we were going to make it as accessible as possible for people,” Schneider, 44, explains, “make it as classy as possible and less like, ‘Oh, let me show you I can rap and then also be really raunchy.’

“So we kind of avoided that sort of stuff and kept to, ‘What are the best songs I’ve got, the best melodies, the best lyrics and how can I record those best?’ We spent a lot of time working on that instead of trying to waylay people with sort of quirky, edgy stuff.”

Fortunately, Schneider is a prolific songwriter, with a stash of an estimated 500 compositions waiting for him to handle at some point.

“I had about 50 of those I thought would be good for the record,” Schneider explains, “and then with the producer, we got it down to 25. Then, after recording them in pre-production, we got that down to about 18 and recorded those, and the ones we liked best were the ones that made the record.

“We really wanted to make the album as beautiful as possible. That was the idea from the beginning, and I think we got that this time.”

Bob Schneider and the Steve Palmer Band perform Saturday, March 27, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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