Like the Energizer Bunny, Bob Schneider just keeps bouncing back. He's survived a childhood in Munich, Germany, Sandra Bullock, drugs and spells as a sensitive singer-songwriter and faux rapper, only to return with The Californian, a rocking, deep-bottomed record that echoes the Black Keys or maybe Schneider's old band, The Scabs. You've got to hand it to the guy: He's reinvented himself several times, and he ain't afraid to work. Schneider tours constantly, still playing Texas enough to sell out clubs after years of working the circuit. Along the way, he's become a worldwide entertainment commodity. He's one of the few acts around who can play the Engine Room and the Mucky Duck and pack 'em both. Now that's versatility.
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