CRS 2020 with John Schneider
We caught up with our friends, John Schneider and his smile, Alicia Allain, during Country Radio Seminar in Nashville to discuss everything from new music, John's 60th Birthday and CBoD Oil and more.
Talking with John Schneider is always one of our favorite interviews and not because he is "Bo Duke" rather due to the fact that he is the most down to earth, humble and kind person you will ever meet. I think I can say this with confidence, Schneider and Allain have become our friends, and we are honored to put these two amazing people in that category of our lives.
One thing that is always true when talking with Schneider is that he is never boring. He has more irons in the fire every time we talk. Just when you think he is as busy as he can get he throws more logs in to burn it hotter. That, in his case, is not a bad thing. Staying busy is always the staple of an artist and Schneider is no exception to that rule.
We did have an opportunity to discuss his 60th Birthday celebration, which will be the 3rd Annual Bo's Extravaganza, which will take place at John Schneider Studios, at Schneider's home in Holden, Louisiana. At the time of this interview, everything was set for April 5th and 6th to celebrate this milestone birthday. However, due to the Coronavirus and the rules of social distancing, along with laws in place across the country for gatherings of no more than 10 people, Schneider announced that this event will be postponed. Let's be very clear, not canceled, just postponed. It WILL happen and when those dates are released we will bring them to you as soon as we have all the details.
We also discussed CBoD Hemp Oil. CBoD is a Tennessee-made, premium CBD tincture formulated with Zero THC, U.S grown hemp, and LabCanna CBD isolate to ensure the highest quality at every level. This was developed when Allain was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast cancer and while they were doing what was medically recommended by her physicians as well, they did not stop there. Schneider and Allain made a decision to fight this with everything they had and they credit the CBoD Hemp Oil with a lot of the success of her remission. As of now, there are zero signs of this cancer in her body. It is hard to argue with that folks!
When you think of relationship goals, what a model they are to follow. Some of the characteristics of these two that we admire so much are their faith and their perseverance. No matter what they face, they do it together and they do it with no apologies for being who they are. With faith being their center and the love they share, it is no wonder that this power couple is a tough one to beat.
Take a few minutes to watch our interview and listen to what they have coming up, how they get through each hurdle stronger than before and what their next steps are. We will, of course, keep you apprised of the updated changes for Schneider's birthday party as soon as we have all the information.
John and Alicia, I can not say how much we love you enough. Thank you for always being a light in the room, no matter the circumstances. The hope and inspiration that you provide are unmatched and I thank you for that.
Make sure you check out all that is going on at John Schneider Studios and get copies of all the new music, the new merchandise as well as the CBoD Hemp Oil.
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As a four-time chart-topping country artist with 19 albums to his credit, including a whopping 72 tracks within the last year alone, John Schneider could quite realistically be counted amongst the most prolific and recognized entertainers of all time. He’s of course known all the world over for hit singles such as “It’s Now Or Never” (the top-charting Elvis Presley cover of any genre ever), “Them Good Ol’ Boys Are Bad,” “I’ve Been Around Enough To Know,” “Country Girls,” “It’s A Short Walk from Heaven to Hell,” “I’m Gonna Leave You Tomorrow,” “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This),” “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight,” “At the Sound of the Tone,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Love, You Ain’t Seen the Last of Me” and “Ruffled Skirts” right up to “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” which he performed on the 2018 finale of Dancing with the Stars after personally duking it out for seven highly heralded weeks. The latter is but a sliver of releasing one song a week that entire year as part of an ambitious project called The Odyssey, which was produced by longtime friend, personal champion, superstar session man and fellow Dukes collaborator Paul Leim, in addition to Greatest Hits…Still! (featuring acoustic re-recordings of several smash hits), plus the holiday EP Merry Christmas Baby. That unstoppable streak continues into 2019 with the announcement of a debut inspirational album slated for this summer, which is sure to expand upon his remarkable crossover ability into a wide array of artistic territory. “Coming from a musical theater background, I naturally gravitate toward many different aspects of entertainment. Personally, it just seems like the right thing to do. I couldn’t imagine being locked into one area,” he explains of the desire to stay equally involved in music and acting. “The inspirational album is jam-packed with a few standards, but also new songs whose intention is to make you think and feel something. The music itself is intentionally more raw, bluesy and edgy. I believe these inspirational songs especially should elicit some sort of physical reaction from the listener. These will do that for sure!”
It would be impressive enough for an actor to star in a single show that changed the course of television history with iconic characters and cross-generational appeal, but the fact that John Schneider’s done exactly that on a consistent basis for at least four decades makes him nothing short of legendary. Whether it’s currently playing Jim Cryer on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, previously immortalizing Jonathan Kent on Smallville and Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, or showing off his own fancy footwork Dancing with the Stars, the man of many hats is synonymous with success and one of most ubiquitous faces in all of pop culture.
In the right here and now, longtime fans and newcomers alike can catch Schneider starring on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, not only a flagship series of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), but also the #1 primetime cable series on Tuesday nights. “I hope The Haves and Have Nots will show people that there is a versatility to my storytelling through acting that is much brighter than they suspected,” Schneider observes of his widely embraced Jim Cryer character. “Of course it’s always fun to play the bad guy, but it also takes a little more for thought. One of the best things about it is it gives me an opportunity to really stretch, explore and take chances. I have loved every minute of it!”
Prior to that, Schneider spent a whopping ten years on The WB turned The CW’s Smallville, which sent him flying straight into the epicenter of Superman hysteria and prompted his constant demand to appear at themed conventions and special events with massive crowds from all over the globe. “Playing Jonathan on Smallville was a huge honor,” he confirms. “I believe that that character is quite possibly the best father figure on television. Ever. I’m also proud to be part of what I believe is the crown jewel of the entire Superman legend. I don’t believe there was a bad episode of that show. One amazing adventure after another!”
And then, of course, there’s his pioneering presence on CBS’ The Dukes of Hazzard for seven stratospheric years where Schneider was so immensely popular, he was the subject of an elaborate but ultimately resolved pickpocketing scheme where his stolen driver’s license was bootlegged and sold in staggering quantities at $50 a pop for decades until it was returned to its rightful owner (though the now comical tradition continues being available on Schneider’s website with a personally signed certificate of authenticity). There’s also the annual “Bo’s Extravaganza” at the 58-acre John Schneider Studios in Holden, Louisiana where nearly 10,000 fans from every corner of the earth come on an annual basis to swap stories, score autographs, browse memorabilia, take in a classic car show featuring the program’s actual vehicles and catch concerts by the most enormous names in music, such as longtime Schneider admirer Kid Rock in 2019.
“The great thing about Dukes is there were no cell phones in those days so people’s heads were not buried in them,” he recalls of it impenetrable run from the late 1970s through the mid-‘80s. “We actually depended upon our relationships, friendships, and family in order to get through whatever the weekly issue was. I do think that people who are fans of The Dukes of Hazzard are more likely to pay attention to one another rather than ignore one another in favor of those who may call or text at any second.”
Continues Schneider: “The number one thing I hear about people’s memory of The Dukes of Hazzard is that they remember spending time with love ones watching it. Of course, they remember specific episodes, but more than that, they remember their lives every Friday night as they gathered together as a family and watch this great show. Because of that, I actually feel as if I’m a part of their family and not just someone who is in a box in their living room.”
Being an A-list television actor and chart-topping country singer isn’t all John Schneider has in his artistic arsenal. The switch hitter is simultaneously in the midst of a burgeoning movie career with executive producer Alicia Allain under their own John Schneider Studios and Maven Entertainment banners. It’s thus far been the launching pad where acclaimed independent movies such as Sometimes Bad Things Do Happen to Bad People, Inadmissible, Anderson Bench, Smothered, Like Son and Collier & Co. Hot Pursuit (all written and directed by Schneider) are made and continue to catch wind like wildfire.
And considering John Schneider Studios sits on a sprawling 58-acre property in Holden, Louisiana that offers camping, lodging, trails, ponds, a bamboo forest, a 200,000-gallon swimming pool and more, its doors are also regularly open to empower fellow filmmakers with an innovative infrastructure that provides all the tools needed to create their stories and shoot in a single location.
“The balance of careers really takes care of itself,” he insists of the delightfully crazy calendar he and Allain keep. “We spend time recording an album and then there’s time spent mixing the album, which gives me time to be off either touring with music or working on a movie. When the movie is finished filming, there are many aspects of postproduction that need to be done, and if I am not doing them myself, then naturally so I don’t get bored, I am out on the road. I guess the moral to the story is that Alicia and I are both hard, hard workers who don’t really, at this point anyway, seem to need any downtime!”
The idea of setting specific goals still appeals to Schneider on the professional front as well, who rather than coasting on his ever-increasing list of countless accomplishments, keeps on dreaming of the next field he’d like to cultivate. “We would like to have one of our films take off and sell over 100,000 units. Same thing with the music,” he says matter of factly. “Once we get into the area where we are fairly certain we can sell this number, we will be able to continue to make movies, music and other forms of entertainment without having to seek outside funding. Then we will truly be independent and have autonomy.”
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