John Schneider is a modern American storyteller whose career spans four (4)-decades as, actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director and screenwriter, beginning with his television debut in 1978 as the iconic Bo Duke, on CBS’ The Dukes of Hazzard. Proud of his roots and the time spent playing Bo Duke, John entered the studio in November after a good friend Scott Innis (also songwriter on his latest album Ruffled Skirts), invited him to re-record the revolutionary theme song, “Good Ole Boys” originally performed by Waylon Jennings.
John along with famed producer/drummer Paul Leim and producing partner, Alicia Allain entered Backstage Studios with Bob Bullock to re-record the track with guest vocals by Tanya Tucker, John Conlee, Matthew Nelson, Gunnar Nelson, Doug Supernaw, Mark Wills, Heidi Newfield, Bobby Bare, Dave Gibson, Ray Scott, T. Graham Brown, T.G. Sheppard, Jo-el Sonnier, Kelly Lang, Jim Brown, Allie Coleen, Steve Wariner, Colin Raye, Max T. Barnes, Jamie O’Neal, Kalie Rose, Danny Shirley, and Marty Raybonwith.
The track, which is available for purchase now, is to raise funds for Jennings’ Diabetes research foundation called, The Waylon Fund and kicks off his Odyssey project/collection where John will release one new track a week for the entire year of 2018. To commemorate the occasion, John pieced together this music video for “Good Ole Boys” which takes fans behind the scenes to the recording session.
The Odyssey is a 52-song collection that melds traditional country music with Americana, Southern Rock, Blues, and a hint of R&B to showcase “the best songs never recorded” by some of Nashville’s most acclaimed and renowned songwriters (Paul Overstreet, Chuck Cannon, Keith Stegall, Jenee Fleenor, Mac Davis, Bill Anderson, to name a few) and musicians (Steve Gibson, Matt Rollings, Glenn Worf, to name a few). The project includes Artist Studio Access, a 30-minute TV show via CineFlix Digital on Demand, and is a behind-the-scenes access of the writing, recording and inspiration of each song. John, producing partner Alicia Allain, and famed drummer/producer Paul Leim recorded the project with Bob Bullock at Backstage Studios.
“GOOD OLE BOYS” PRODUCTION CREDITS:
Produced by Paul Leim, John Schneider and Alicia Allain
Recorded by Bob Bullock at Backstage Studios (Nashville, TN)
Assisted by Justin Francis and Kam Luchterhand
Additional engineering by Kevin Sokolnicki
Mixed by Bob Bullock at Cool Springs Mix (Franklin, TN)
Production Coordinator: Jason Campbell
Paul Leim – Drums
James Mitchell – Electric Guitar
Joe Hudson – Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf – Bass
Steve Gibson – Acoustic Guitar
Matt Rollings – Piano
Tim Akers – B3 Organ
Heidi Newfield – Harmonica
Bergen White – Background Vocals
Cindy Walker – Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff – Backgrounds
Guest Vocals – Tanya Tucker, John Conlee, Matthew Nelson, Gunnar Nelson, Doug Supernaw, Mark Wills, Heidi Newfield, Bobby Bare, Dave Gibson, Ray Scott, T. Graham Brown, T.G. Sheppard, Jo-el Sonnier, Kelly Lang, Jim Brown, Allie Coleen, Steve Wariner, Colin Raye, Max T. Barnes, Jamie O’Neal, Kalie Rose, Danny Shirley, Marty Raybon.
With this new invigorating spirit, John is proud to be back at the Opry at The Ryman on January 6, 2018 to debut a collection of new songs. Tickets for John’s Opry at The Ryman performance on January 6, 2018 can be purchased here!
Keep up with Schneider at JohnSchneiderStudios.com!