John Schneider has graced television screens, made an impact in the film community, and delighted the country music world for decades by eloquently delivering stories in a way no one has before. He landed his television debut in 1978 as Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard and has starred in TV movies like Dream House, Happy Endings, played opposite Kirk Douglas on the big screen in Eddie Macon’s Run, starred as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, and is now playing the role of Judge Jim Cryer in the smash Tyler Perry hit, The Haves and the Have Nots.
It was in the early 80’s that Schneider would sign with Scotti Brothers Label and unleash his debut full-length, Now or Never, which peaked at #8 on the US Country Billboard charts. Also from the album came “It’s Now or Never,” a remake of the Elvis Presley hit, which peaked at #4 on the US Country Billboard charts in 1981and remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date. Continuing to release albums year after year, Schneider unleashed Quiet Man and If You Believe and in 1984, signed with MCA Nashville. Through MCA Nashville, Schneider released Too Good to Stop Now which included his first #1 hits, “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” and “Country Girls,” also peaking at #1 on the CAN Country music charts, cementing his way into the country music world. The following year, Schneider unleashed Tryin’ To Outrun the Wind, followed by A Memory Like You which debuted at #1 on the US Country Billboard charts, a first for Schneider. Off the pinnacle album A Memory Like You came “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)” and “You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight,” singles which both peaked at #1 on the US Country Billboard charts and CAN Country. In the late 80’s, Schneider continued unleashing albums including his quintessential Greatest Hits record. Taking some time off to pursue acting opportunities, Schneider would return with Worth The Wait, John’s Acoustic Christmas, The Promise and his most recent album, Home For Christmas, with The Dukes of Hazzard co-star, Tom Wopat in 2014.
In 2017, Schneider is gearing up for his triumphant return to the country music scene with Ruffled Skirts, a near and dear album to him that pays homage to Louisiana royalty, including some of the individuals from LeRoux (‘New Orleans Lady’), Jo-El Sonnier, Doug Kershaw, David Hyde who played bass on the album and Randy Carpenter who played drums on the album and is dedicated to the people who were affected by the flood. In 2016, the community of Southern Louisiana was hit twice by major flooding in a matter of six months. The floods ravaged the John Schneider Studios which sat in nearly 4 ft of water. With tragedy there comes comes hope and beauty and with that came Ruffled Skirts. Sitting in the recording studio with no furniture, Schneider began arranging songs like “How Do You Stop The Water,” “The Cajun Navy, “ and “Every Friday Night” before enlisting in songwriters Scott Innis and Phil Redrow to help bring the songs to life. Instead of sitting in songwriting sessions, Schneider and producing partner Alicia Allain sent photos and video to Innis and Redrow of the devastation that Louisiana endured to eloquently capture the monstrosity of the flooding through music. The songs came to life when Schneider recorded each track in his bare studio creating a perfect space to take in the right sound. Schneider then enlisted in LeRoux’s keyboardist/vocalist Nelson Blanchard to mix and master the 10-track album. The album, which Schneider so eloquently named in reference to the single-wide and double-wide trailers that came through after the flood, is expected to drop in early 2017.