With the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider continues to break new ground, crafting his most ambitious and artistically complex album to date. Every track on Burden of Proof features string arrangements composed by Schneider himself. The album showcases Schneider’s decades-long partnership with the Tosca String Quartet and serves as a bold progression in his musical career. Schneider first paired with the quartet on “Love is Everywhere,” the hidden track off of his award-winning album I’m Good Now. At the time, Schneider wrote a string arrangement for the beautifully devastating “Weed Out the Weak.” That fan favorite has finally found a home on Burden of Proof, positioned amongst sensual charmers, danceable bursts of fire and bounce, and contemplative sojourns. Ready to take his music in a new direction, and eager for a creative challenge, Schneider crafted string arrangements for many of his songs, then rehearsed with Tosca to narrow down the songs that would ultimately become Burden of Proof. Veering away from the traditional music video model, Schneider is instead honoring the cinematic feel of Burden of Proof by engaging the talents and artistic vision of twelve film directors. Each will be gifted with one song from the album to use as the soundtrack to a short film. Directors include internationally renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who shot the video for Schneider’s AAA Radio hit “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)” from his 2009 album Lovely Creatures, and award-winning photographer and director Dan Winters, whose photograph and drawings grace Burden of Proof’s cover and liner notes. Onstage, Schneider commands the room. He’s charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the audience. Each show is full of surprises—audience requests slam into impromptu jam sessions that dance up against spontaneous riffs on whatever topics are floating around Schneider’s mind that night. Schneider satisfies his hungry fan base by recording all of his live shows and releasing them as “Frunk”— audiences can leave with a copy of the show in hand or can purchase and download entire shows off of his website.
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