In the mid-2000’s, I got to go and see a lot of music, plus make a really small amount as well. I saw gigs in LA, San Francisco, Cedar Rapid Iowa, Austin Texas, London England and more. I recall going to Austin City Limits Festival on several occasions and seeing Jack Johnson, Gomez, Ryan Adams, Ben Harper, Bob Schneider, John Butler Trio, Old 97s, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Spoon and many more. Austin quickly grabbed me and I still consider it one of my favourite places to spend time in the US. The first time I went to South-by-South-West (SXSW) was in 2007 for a work conference.
Having some free time, a colleague and I wandered bar to bar trying to find some good music. Aside from randomly walking into a Robert Rodriguez film premiere, we stumbled in half way through a massively long Bob Schneider set. The place was empty and it didn’t seem like it was much of a planned concert, but was great nonetheless. We even ended up meeting and chatting with Bob for a bit after the show.
In 2000, I first discovered Bob Schneider’s “Lonelyland”. Despite some very stellar opening tracks, one my faves remains one of the last on the album, the song “2002”. It really highlights Bob’s amazing storytelling ability and is a journey through sadness, struggles, turning your life around, looking forward to the future and growing. It’s a really captivating song that represents some of his early solo work.
Here’s “2002” by Bob Schneider from the album Lonelyland.