Mark Bennett: Dylan Schneider Brings A Lot Of Experience In Homecoming Concert At The Mill Tonight | News chronicles
The 21st year of life tends to be big for most people.
Dylan Schneider thinks 21 “is a great age”. This milestone year “makes me excited for the future,” he added.
It hasn’t been without incident or straightforward, however.
When the country music artist, who grew up near Prairieton, spoke in a summer interview, he was going through a COVID-19 crisis. Schneider had also sailed to a new music label, BBR Music Group, whose roster also includes notables such as Jason Aldean and Billy Ray Cyrus. And, Schneider had spent months in slow motion recording and performing – along with the rest of Music City – because of the pandemic.
This was quite a change from 2019, when Schneider served as the opening act for popular country duo Florida Georgia Line’s summer tour of 16 cities.
Schneider however continued to write and perfect new songs with his regular collaborators. Now he has new music for his legion of loyal fans and will be returning to the music scene tonight in his hometown. Schneider will open for headliner Granger Smith – a fellow country singer from the BBR stable of artists – for a 7 p.m. concert at The Mill, which is rightfully located on Prairieton Road in Terre Haute.
This is the first time that Schneider has performed in Terre Haute since a performance at the St. Benedict Church Community Festival in 2017. Schneider is also impressed with The Mill, which opened in June, and has watched the artist’s concert. country Riley Green that month.
“I love the vibe and the energy,” said Schneider. “It’s just good for our hometown to have a place like this and people coming out.
“Being on a stage like this is going to be super cool,” he added.
This is the last stage in Schneider’s career, which dates back further than it appears. It’s been six years since Schneider seized the opportunity at the Hulman Center, introducing himself to country fans in Terre Haute at a concert by Brett Eldredge, originally from Paris, Illinois. In the crowd that night as a fan, Schneider held up a sign saying, “I’m 16 tomorrow!” I want to sing with you! Eldredge called him on stage, handed the microphone to Schneider, and watched the kid hit every note and every word of the song “Tell Me Where to Park”.
Schneider then returned to his seat to applaud and greet, a harbinger of his future.
He had even paid membership fees to seize this opportunity. At 14, Schneider was playing guitar and singing in pizzerias and restaurants in the Wabash Valley. At 15, he won the Vigo County Fair’s “Voice of the Valley” talent competition. At 16, fueled by his well-received and impromptu debut at the Hulman Center, Schneider began posting videos of himself singing covers and a few originals on social media. His music videos have garnered over a million views on Spotify and he has amassed 600,000 Facebook subscribers as a student at Terre Haute South Vigo high school.
At 17, he graduated from high school with his GED, began touring Nashville and Memphis, signed a songwriting contract, released two long-running albums, and was labeled “Next Star.” rising country music ”by Billboard Magazine.
Schneider also had a dark day in the history of music. He and his band performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, just six hours before a sniper killed 60 people in the crowd and injured more than 400 others. Schneider was in that crowd that night and made a heartbreaking escape to safety.
Indeed, he has met a lot for a 21-year-old.
“It’s really interesting to look back on the last few years,” he said.
The last twist was, of course, the pandemic. When COVID-19 hit and Nashville sites and studios closed in 2020, Schneider returned to Vigo County.
“Here [in Nashville], no one really entered the writing rooms, ”he recalls. “So I spent a lot of time with my family there [in Terre Haute], and it was super good.
Unfortunately, he also contracted COVID-19 during this time. “It wasn’t too bad, for me, and we quarantined ourselves well,” Schneider said. “And, no one else in the family has had it.”
He also continued to write songs. These efforts led to a resumption of songwriting sessions with his collaborators, such as Gabe Foust, James McNair and producer Mark Holman at a cabin in Nashville. “It gave us a chance to compose it with some songs,” Schneider said. “We had a little more time.
So Schneider has two new singles this summer, giving him new material for gigs in 13 cities this fall as the opening act for country band Lanco’s Honky Tonk Hippies tour.
Schneider’s “Lost in a Small Town”, as he puts it, “is a song about young loves and how growing up can tear those things apart.” Schneider also released “21 And Over” this month. This song puts its theme of lost heartache in a coming-of-age context. Through adult eyes, Schneider sings, “Wait a minute, you’re 18 and you can’t get any closer, the next thing you know, you’re 21 and over.”
Considering this point of view, his career might just begin.
Mark Bennett can be reached at 812-231-4377 or [email protected]