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Tune In Tuesday: 6/1/10

Welcome to another addition of Tune in Tuesday!  Today’s musical choices are all from the great state of Texas.  And now, the obligatory cheesy state bravado, that’s right folks, it is Tune In Tuesday Texas style! I’m sure that was not as painful to read as it was to write. 

Step Inside This House

Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett is a great songwriter and has had a tremendous impact on the Texas music scene.  Step Inside This House is an album of covers written by fellow Texans.  It is one of my favorite albums that Lyle has released.  He covers songs from artist such as Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt, Steven Fromholz, and Guy Clark.  This release is a two disc album and is great from start to finish.  Lovett’s vocals add new life to the lyrics of others while staying true to their music and most importantly, himself.

Key Tracks:

Lungs, Rollin’ By, Texas Trilogy (All three songs, thus the word trilogy),

Rivertown

Walt Wilkins

Walt Wilkins is one of the greatest songwriters that you have never heard of.  His music has been covered by the likes of Pat Green and Ricky Skaggs.  Rivertown is one of his earlier solo albums and is filled with musical gems.  He has a really comforting vocal presentation and brings you into each of his songs. 

Key Tracks:

Poetry, One of those Moments, Seven Hillsides, Some Men Fall

Lost Hotel

Wade Bowen

Waco born Bowen is a Texas singer/songwriter who happens to be the brother in law of Cody Canada (Cross Canadian Ragweed).  He co-wrote Pat Green’s hit “Don’t Break My Heart Again” and has released four albums.  Lost Hotel was my introduction to Wade and is one of my favorite albums of his.  His whiskey soaked vocals add an emotional depth to his lyrics.

Key Tracks:

Resurrection, Perfect Silence, Lost Hotel, Broken Reflection (Troubadour’s Prayer)

Soul To Soul

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Not sure what I can say about this album other than it is pure greatness.  Stevie was a genius and this was just one of many ways he displayed his musical prowess.  Life Without You and Change it are in my Top 5 Greatest songs by Stevie.

Key Tracks:

Life Without You, Change It, Lookin’ Out the Window, Look At Little Sister

Carry On

Pat Green

Carry On was Green’s third self released album and one of his finest.  His cover of Walt Wilkin’s “Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters” is amazing and the rest of the tracks are just as good.  I am a huge Pat Green fan but find myself listening to more of his earlier recordings.  This album, in particular, just seems to be more authentic than some of his new releases. 

Key Tracks:

Whiskey, Carry On, Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters, Crazy, Holdin’ On

I’m Good Now

Bob Schneider

A paragon of the Austin music scene, Bob Schneider has got the musical goods.  This is his third solo album.  His funky word play, feel good vibe, and his musical fearlessness make him fun to listen to and even more entertaining to see live.  This album is one of my favorite as well as a favorite of my kids.  And really, there is nothing better than hearing the following words sung from your children when they are all under the age of 5.

I can see god on a cloud in the sky
On top of the world watching the world roll by
With a great big grin and some good cocaine
Jesus by his side in the pouring rain

And then there is another great verse that every kindergarten child should know

 I can see god In Italian shoes
With a beard and a gun and a case of the blues
Smoking a cigarette drinking coors light
With teeth so white they light up the night

It was shortly after this car ride sing along that I received my first of many Father of the Year nominations and subsequent awards.

Key Tracks:

Come With Me Tonight, God Is My Friend, Captain Kirk,

Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Bob Schneider!

Bob Schneider is an Austin based singer/songwriter who has been in a smattering of bands before going solo in 1999.  He began his solo career under the name “Lonelyland” which he dropped as a performer but used as the title of his major label debut. 

 Bob’s musical catalog includes nearly twenty albums, eight of which are solo albums and several with his various bands, all of which are legendary in the Austin music scene of the 90’s, The Scabs, Joe Rockhead and The Ugly Americans.

 His musical style mixes funk, punk, country, rock, soul, and folk with quirky, witty, and at times, emotionally/sexually charged lyrics.  His solo work brought a bit more national attention and critical acclaim.  In 2006, he toured with the Dixie Chicks and gained some notoriety for dating Sandra Bullock.  His song, “Bullets”, was in the Kevin Smith film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” soundtrack.  Snoochie Boochie baby! 

 Bob Schneider Discography

  • Songs Sung and Played On the Guitar at the Same Time
  • Lonelyland
  • Galaxy Kings
  • I’ve Seen the World and It Looks Like This
  • I’m Good Now
  • The Californian
  • When the Sun Breaks Down the Moon
  • Lovely Creatures

 Top 5 Bob Schneider Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Come With Me Tonight (I’m Good Now)
  2. 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet) (Lovely Creatures)
  3. God Is My Friend (I’m Good Now)
  4. Holding In the World (The Californian)
  5. The Other Side (Songs Sung and Played On the Guitar at the Same Time)

 His quirky wordplay and catchy tunes keep the music appealing but not saccharine sweet.  Some of his songs have received moderate radio play but he is widely recognized for his live shows and that is how he has built up his considerable fan base.

 Bob tours nationwide but remains a pillar in the Austin music community with regular gigs at Antone’s and The Saxon Pub.  He has built his audience by touring relentlessly and over the years has opened for the Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews and the H.O.R.D.E Tour.

 Check out Bob Schneider and let me know what you think.

 Bob Schneider’s music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.bobschneider.com.

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