Wild West Fest In Telluride Kicks Off With Concert, 6/5

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s conversation with Bob Schneider]


Bob-Schneider_picnik Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation opens the 20th annual Wild West Fest with a kick-off concert featuring alternative country artist Bob Schneider. Show time is Sunday, June 5, 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Wild West Fest mentorship programs.

The son of an opera singer, Schneider moved with his parents to Germany at age two. He learned to play guitar and piano as a young boy. His first live gigs were guest appearances at his parents’ shindigs.

Schneider became a solo artist in 1999, first performing under the name Lonelyland. His sound is bits and pieces of funk, country, rock, blues, pop, funk  and folk. A propensity for sexy lyrics earn his music an “adult alternative” label.

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Schneider has contributed songs to a variety of movies, including “Miss Congeniality” and “Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” plus the TV series “Men in Trees.” He has received 24- that’s two dozen- Austin Music Awards for Musician, Male Vocalist, Songwriter of the Year, and Best Bluegrass Band. His latest release is “A Perfect Day,” 12 tracks of easy grooving, soulful melodies.

The Wild West Fest is a week-long celebration of Western living and Western arts, including mentorship programs designed to inspire inner-city, Native American and regional young people.

To learn more about Schneider, click the “play” button and listen to his interview.

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