Reckless Saints founder Roy Schneider was 16 and in hiding when a friend loaned him a guitar. He had just broken out of a Straight, Inc. facility after a horrific year-long incarceration, where he had been denied the right to play an instrument or even listen to music. Having access to a guitar again – as well as the support of good friends – helped him survive while he waited to turn 18, and begin his lifelong love affair with making music. Schneider went on to pursue visual arts, learning how to design toys in 3D, and writing and drawing syndicated comic strip “The Humble Stumble” through United Media. Ultimately, his passion for the many flavors of music that define the Americana genre, combined with his innate ability to play most anything with strings, led him to give up the ‘day jobs’ for a career in music.
He was making a living performing in local bars when Roy met Kim Mayfield. She added keyboard, mandolin, rhythm guitar, harmony vocals, and the idea to take the music on the road. The duo spent over a decade touring and recording 5 CDs of original music. in April 2019 they enlisted bassist Thom Callahan and are embarking on a new project. Taking their name from Schneider and Mayfield’s 2018 release, The Reckless Saints are entering their second year of touring.
Reckless Saints, the CD, has hovered in the top 50 on Roots Music Reports Americana Country chart since shortly after its release, and was included in their ‘Best of 2019’ list. The album features production ‘Guidance Counselor’ Gurf Morlix on the lone cover- Blaze Foley’s Election Day. Other guest artists include Freebo (Bonnie Raitt) on bass and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy on harmonica.
Roy, the duo, and/or the trio have shared stages/bills or opened for the likes of John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Joe Craven, Malcolm Holcombe, Eilen Jewell Band, Chuck Prophet, Brothers Comatose, and Charlie McCoy among others. Schneider accompanied folk icon Tom Paxton on his last solo tour in Florida after which Paxton pronounced him ‘one of those horrible people who seemingly can play anything they pick up and play it beautifully.”
The newest member of the band, puppy Banjo found us at Pet Pal animal shelter in St. Petersburg, FL. We described the job conditions – acoustic folk music, lots of time on the road, all the treats and hugs she wants, and the opportunity to make friends from coast-to-coast and beyond. Banjo enthusiastically signed on and is our full-time mascot and true Road Dog.
To the very end, Edward’s spunky personality and social nature made him a great companion. It was so hard to have say goodbye on July 1, 2019 after thirteen sweet years. Always ready to do what he could for the team, Edward loaned his name to our music publishing labels, Scissorpaws Publishing (ASCAP) and Halfstache Publishing (BMI).
Between naps and meticulous grooming, he would offer constructive criticism and keep us from becoming too self-absorbed in the “creative process” by constant reminders that it was time to feed him.
Girly Girl Sadie
We said goodbye to our dear friend, Sadie, on January 8, 2018. Devoted Road Dog and friend to everyone she met, Sadie was a rescue dog that joined us about thirteen years ago and brought us so much joy and delight. She’s memorialized in the name of Kim’s publishing label, Sadielicious Songs (BMI). We know she’s running free somewhere and at peace where there’s no scary fireworks or thunder. We miss you dearly, Girly Girl.