John Schneider

 
 

About

John Schneider

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 CBS’s The Dukes of Hazzard, went on to play the role of Jonathan Kent - Superman’s father - on the CW’s Smallville and today as the powerful Judge Jim Cryer in the Tyler Perry smash, The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN.

A jack of all trades, John swooped America off their feet with his unequivocal performance as Bo Duke, but what they never were anticipating was his unique musical talent. It was in the early 80’s that John 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 1981 and remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date. Continuing to release albums year after year, John unleashed Quiet Man and If You Believe and in 1984, signed with MCA Nashville. Through MCA Nashville, John 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, John 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 him. 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, John continued unleashing albums including his quintessential Greatest Hits record. Taking some time off to pursue acting opportunities, he would return with Worth The Wait, John’s Acoustic Christmas, The Promise and Home For Christmas, with The Dukes of Hazzard co-star, Tom Wopat in 2014.

In 2017, John made 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. Sitting in the recording studio with no furniture, he 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, he 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 he recorded each track in his bare studio creating a perfect space to take in the right sound. John then enlisted in LeRoux’s keyboardist/vocalist Nelson Blanchard to mix and master the 10-track album.

In 2018, John returns with The Odyssey, a 52-song collection that is redefining the music industry. Combining his love for TV and his musical talent, John launched, Artist Studio Access, a 30-minute TV show via CineFlix Digital on Demand, that dives into the behind the scenes of the making of each song, unique guest interviews, and stories like never heard before. With the effort of Nashville’s most sought after songwriters and musicians, John, producing partner Alicia Allain, and famed drummer/producer Paul Leim recorded 52 of the best songs never touched before with Bob Bullock at Backstage Studios. They enlisted in songwriters Paul Overstreet, Chuck Cannon, Keith Stegall, Jenee Fleenor, Mac Davis, and Bill Anderson, to name a few, to eloquently tell stories that are relatable to all, while providing an uncanny ability to speak to just about anyone. Bridging country music with americana, blues, and r&b undertones, John provides the roots to a well cultured and unique spin on a beloved genre. Collaborating with Nashville’s finest musicians like Steve Gibson, Matt Rollings, and Glenn Worf, The Odyssey was built off of pure talent, dedication, and finesse.