Actor and country singer John Schneider promised he’d return with new music, fans, and he did not disappoint.
“Billboard” recently sat down with the former “The Dukes of Hazzard” star to talk about his big plans for 2018 and his latest song …
… and it’s a heartbreaker.
“I’ll Still Be Loving You” is a special song for John, as it was written by the late Andrew Dorff, one of Nashville’s most beloved songwriters. He told Billboard it was a given he’d record the song after he heard it for the first time.
“For me, it’s the perfect combination of a contemporary sound and a Carter Family lilt in the chorus that is haunting and wonderful,” John said.
“I pride myself on being able to recognize great material when I hear it, and when I got to the chorus, I thought ‘This is a song [that] is as good as anything I have ever recorded’ … It just leaps out of the speakers,” he added.
And it’s one that bears even more significance in the wake of songwriter Andrew Dorff’s untimely passing in late 2016. John told “Billboard” that he was honored to get to be a part of Andrew’s significant musical journey. “He left a catalog of about 1,600 songs that he wrote in a relatively short amount of time.”
John went on to explain that he’d recently had dinner with Andrew’s father, famed composer Steve Dorff, out in L.A. on the anniversary of Andrew’s passing. It was a bittersweet moment.
“I definitely hope that … ‘I’ll Still Be Loving You’ goes out and conquers the music world because he deserves it,” John added.
We would love to see that for both Andrew and John.
Although most of us remember him for his work as “Bo Duke” on “The Dukes of Hazzard” and his other acting roles, let’s not forget John’s success on the country charts in the 1980s.
Songs like “I’ve Been Around Enough To Know,” “Country Girls,” “What’s A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)” and “You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight” were all No. 1 hits on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Songs chart, and he scored six additional Top 10 singles between 1981 and 1987, including “It’s Now Or Never” and “At The Sound Of The Tone.”
But his new music shows just as much promise and even more reflection—and his voice sounds absolutely amazing.
We have chillbumps listening to this—it’s truly timeless. What do you think of John’s latest single? Let us know in the comments.