With his Monday night performances at The Saxon Pub being a staple on many people’s calendars, Bob Schneider is about as Austin as Austin can get. He’s been awarded Austin Musician of the Year six times, he’s produced 18 albums, but many don’t know that this Austin-based musician is also an artist, author and dad.
For the past seven years, Bob’s been working on a creating a family-friendly album with his son Luc, now eleven-years old, that would appeal to music lovers of all age. This labor of love CD, I Will Find You No Matter What: The Songs of Luc and Bob Schneider, is now available to stream on Amazon for Prime members or available as as download. Filled with catchy, whimsical tunes, this album is a must-have for any little Austinite.
We had a chance to ask Bob some questions about living life in Austin as part of our ongoing Top Parent Picks Austin series.
365 Things Austin Family: What is your favorite thing about Austin?
Bob Schneider: I love the people in Austin. There is something about Texas and especially Austin. They call it ‘the friendly state’ for a good reason, it is! I travel all over the country and once you get to know people they are pretty friendly anywhere you go, but I feel like the folks in Austin are friendly and welcoming to strangers in a way that is unique.
365 Things Austin Family: Who are some new local bands/artists that you recommend?
Bob Schneider: I don’t get a chance to get out and see as much music as I like, and I’m constantly surprised by how great the music is still here in Austin. My favorite songwriter is definitely Danny Malone. As good as it gets for my taste, but you also have Lex Land who is a great songwriter and one of, if not the best singer I’ve ever heard.
365 Things Austin Family: What art galleries do you recommend visiting in Austin?
Well, I’m partial to Flatbed Press & Gallery, because I’ve done quite a few shows with them. It’s in a beautiful building off of MLK east of IH-35. They’ve always got something interesting up on the walls, and they have an amazing archive of print work from some of the best artists working in the medium. It’s a great place to go visit. The folks who run it are nice and there’s always someone printing in their shop. I have a lot of my work up at Yard Dog Gallery on South Congress as well, but that’s always been a go to for me in terms of checking out interesting art when I have friends in town. It’s in a great little area to walk around in with great restaurants and people watching.
365 Things Austin Family: Austin is known for its independent film community. Which filmmakers should we be watching out for in the future?
Bob Schneider: Bob Byington has been making films in Austin for years and he’s quietly building a loyal smart following for his understated and often hilarious movies. Kind of like a slacker Woody Allen. His movies keep getting better and I think he’ll be someone to look out for here in the next few years. Also, Owen Egerton, who’s been writing screen plays for years is starting to direct his own films. He’s an incredibly smart funny writer and a really good director. You may have also heard his name, because he’s part of Master Pancake Theater which has been selling out shows at the Alamo Drafthouse for years now and something I can’t recommend highly enough.
365 Things Austin Family: What do you like to do on a day off?
Bob Schneider: Work.
It sounds like he’s a busy guy! Keep up with Bob (and Luc) on the Bob Schneider Music Facebook page.
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About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 18 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.