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Hayes Carll and Bob Schneider
The World’s Greatest Living Songwriters of All Time Tour
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 36-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.
Born in Houston, Carll went to college at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, getting a degree in History, and then heading back to Crystal Beach to play for a wild assortment of people either hiding out, hanging on or getting lost in the bars along Texas’ Gulf coast.
Maybe it’s the influences – Kerouac, Dylan, Guy Clark, John Prine, Hubbard; maybe it’s the fact that somebody has to say something; maybe it’s just the fact that some people are born to play…
But for whatever reason, twelve years into a recording career, Hayes Carll shows no signs of having arrived at his creative apex. Each album expands on his already extreme vintage country, extreme thumping bad road boogie, extreme heartbroken ache – and finds new ways to take on the fate of the nation. Whether it’s the GI protagonist in the propulsive title track of KMAG YOYO, the train wreck objet d’amour of “Drunken Poet’s Dream,” the road warrior of both “I Got A Gig” and “Little Rock” or the stoner liberal and the uptight Republican vixen of “Another Like You,” Carll paints vivid pictures of humanity as it really is.
Thick-headed. Avaricious. Squalid. Hungry. Angry. Getting by.
Like so many Texans before him, there’s no agony in the ecstasy – just the wonder of capturing the perfect character in the song. When you’re 6 beers down on a 12-pack night, you know Hayes Carll understands. At a time like that – whether in your own backyard or some jam-packed bar – that’s the best kind of friend to have.
Check it out! Hayes Carll singing “Hide Me”
With the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider breaks new ground. Exploring loss, lust, love, dark desires and skeptical optimism, Schneider has crafted his most ambitious and sophisticated album to date, both lyrically and musically.
Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Schneider was playing music and creating art from the time he was four years old. “I was left-handed, but the nuns at my Catholic school forced me to write with my right hand,” Schneider reflects. “But I still like to think of myself as left-handed. I’ve always thought of myself as a round peg in a square hole sort of person. Like I just didn’t quite fit in. I was socially awkward and I think that led me to finding solace in imaginary worlds that I would create in my art and music.”
Schneider spent his college years as a fine arts major, but dropped out to move to Austin and pursue a music career after taking to heart the words of singer-songwriter Terry Allen. “I remember him saying ‘If you’re going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life ‘cause your degree’s not going to make a difference.”
So Bob Schneider blazed into Austin and has been packing houses and winning over audiences ever since, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live-music capital. Schneider sells out venues coast to coast from New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Baltimore to LA, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. His live shows are playful and raw; while on stage, Schneider commands the room. He’s charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the audience. As he launches into each song with his whole being, the audience is instantly transported, tumbling through the dark recesses of his imagination.
Schneider’s artistic exploration is not limited to the stage or the studio. He is also a celebrated sculptor, painter and poet with two published books of poetry and art and another one forthcoming.
Check it out! Bob Schneider singing “Wish the Wind Would Blow Me”
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