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Full Biography

Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his particular flavor of Americana music since 2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring with life-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield. Playfully dubbed “Blue-Twangled Folk ‘n’ Roll” in a 2014 No Depression interview, Schneider & Mayfield have brought their musical blend of the gritty, fun, soulful and sweet to delighted audiences across the USA and abroad, exploring and expanding their musical horizons with every performance.

From ballads and dirges to grooves and hollerin’ rockers, from intimate concerts and clubs to festival stages, this multitalented duo clocks up thousands of miles annually from their home base in Fort Myers, Florida, toting an ever-evolving array of instruments wherever they are needed. With Schneider on guitar (or dobro, mandolin or banjo), harmonica, kick drum and vocals, Mayfield on mandolin (or guitar, ukulele or percussion) and vocals, their sound does not suffer for lack of bandmates. Schneider & Mayfield are excited to release their long-anticipated first official Duo album later in 2018, Reckless Saints. It will be the first to feature original compositions by Mayfield and includes some wonderful guest artists. Schneider’s early and current works can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, etc. in addition to public and college radio stations everywhere.

Schneider’s songs have earned praise in the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition (TX), Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Blues competition (CO), and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase (NY). The duo has performed official showcases at Folk Alliance conferences in New York, Austin TX and Asheville NC. Other notable venues include Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Northern England’s MAD Fest, and season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Schneider has raised over $20k through fan funding to produce and successfully promote 2012’s Walls That Talk and 2015’s Ten from the Pen. Both have received generous airplay and accolades from an impressive list of respected reviewers, including No Depression and UK’s Maverick magazine.

Also a gifted accompanist, Schneider has performed onstage with the talents of John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Joe Craven (Garcia/Grisman), Tom Paxton, Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks), Freebo, Buddy Mondlock, Gove Scrivenor and many others.

“[Schneider’s] gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kick-me-in-the-ass roots music.” ~ No Depression

Short Biography

Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his flavor of Americana music since 2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring with life-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield. Known in festival circles as the Reckless Saints, Schneider and Mayfield have brought their musical blend of the gritty, fun, soulful and sweet to delighted audiences across the USA and abroad, exploring and expanding their musical horizons with every performance.

Schneider’s songs have earned praise in the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition (TX), Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Blues competition (CO), and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase (NY). The duo has performed official showcases at Folk Alliance conferences in New York, Austin TX and Asheville NC. Other notable venues include Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Northern England’s MAD Fest, and season 5 of NBC’s The Voice.

Also a gifted accompanist, Schneider has performed with John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Joe Craven (Garcia/Grisman), folk icon Tom Paxton, Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks), Freebo, Buddy Mondlock, Gove Scrivenor and many others.

“[Schneider’s] gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kick-me-in-the-ass roots music.” ~ No Depression

Press Quotes

“Roy Schneider is a singer-songwriter in the grandest tradition of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett, but his voice, songwriting skill, stagecraft, and instrumental talent are all his own. Together, the result is like a vibrant jubilee singing out on the banks of the Mississippi River. His gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kick-me-in-the-ass roots music.”
No Depression
“Roy Schneider fits in the same bag with such classic singer-songwriters as Guy Clark, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Townes van Zandt. Well worth seeking out.”
Alan Cackett, Editor – Maverick magazine
“Their ‘Blue-Twangled Folk n Roll’ sound rides like a V8, firing on all cylinders… AND there’s a Blaze Foley song on the new album!”
Gurf Morlix

“Nothing reckless in this well-mixed batch of Americana.”

“There’s something retro and regional about Kim Mayfield’s fluffy girlish vocals that pleasantly invokes the late and legendary Tammy Wynette, while the lovely melody lines and dulcet harmonies of the original material by Mayfield and musical partner and husband Roy Schneider could situate this recording at the western end of country & western. You might identify high nu-grass spirits on several of the tracks, including the imperative opener ‘Jump In’ and the lyrically compelling ‘Election Day’, the last of the 11 tracks. ‘Runaway Train’ is a standout showcase of how the considerable instrumental multi-tracking on the album, most of it by Schneider (guitars, Dobro, harmonica, percussion), is thankfully undetectable; the effect instead is that of a well-mixed, well-shared ensemble that supports the singing with no need to showing off or overproduction.”

“Guest performers enrich this mix to various degrees on different tracks, adding mandolin, fiddle, bass, piano, and pedal steel. The lyrics make artful use of language, and the stories told are as fresh as the playing; ‘Angels Along the Road’ is an account of Schneider’s escape as a teenager from the infamous Straight, Incorporated rehab facility, vocalised in his rawhide tenor.”

~Jeff Kalis, Songlines, Issue 145
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“This husband and wife team runs the gamut from engaging acoustic folk to driving bluesy tunes, with hints of twang sprinkled in. The album was recorded in Schneider’s studio in Florida and mastered in Austin by acclaimed producer, songwriter and engineer Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFrance and Eliza Gilkyson) who has played with and heard countless artists. He says, “This truly is a wonderful record. It is one of the finest singer/songwriter records to come across my mastering desk in a long time.” The ringing impression from this offering is the seamless blending of so many forms of roots music combined with meaningful and often insightful lyrics. It works beautifully.”
Jim Hynes – Making a Scene
https://www.makingascene.org/roy-schneider-kim-mayfield-reckless-saints/
“Among the record’s finest moments are the aching fiddle (Kevin Aland) and electric lead guitar fuelled ballad ‘If I Die Tomorrow.’ Mayfield’s outstanding lead vocals (she sounds most like Eilen Jewel) handling on the painstaking ballad are first class. In immediate running order, you also have such delights as the piano and fiddle adorned ‘Subjugated Love,’ and Schneider sounding as good as at any time on the record on ‘Jump In’ (as Mayfield provides some electric harmony vocals to go with RS’s harmonica, dobro etc.). With hints of Chris Hillman, and the Desert Rose Band, ‘Walkin’ On A Wire’ is yet another gem. …. Fans of the Cactus Blossoms will love ‘Poison Arrow,’ and going way back I also detect favourable Don and Phil Everly. They are that good. I can’t help but think Schneider is the real deal. A great discovery. ”
Maurice Hope – Flyinshoes Review
https://flyinshoes.ning.com/profile/MauriceHope
“[Reckless Saints, the album] It all amounts to an Americana gem that fans of real pure mountain-stream country will love.”
Michael Greenblatt – The Aquarian
https://www.theaquarian.com/2018/11/28/rantnroll-44/
“On the album, Schneider and Kim Mayfield, his wife and full-time performing partner, dance with elements of authentic folk, country, blues and rock as if they’ve been in love with them all their lives, which is probably true. Enlisting Blaze Foley’s old musical partner Gurf Morlix for help, Schneider and Mayfield cover Foley’s classic “Election Day” with rough passion, but the beautifully rendered “If I Die Tomorrow” and “Poison Arrow” swoon in their arms. All who cry out for salvation from Reckless Saints might experience the same effect.”
Peter Lindblad – Elmore Magazine
https://www.elmoremagazine.com/2018/10/reviews/albums/roy-schneider-kim-mayfield
“One of the finest singer/songwriter records to come across my mastering desk in a long time!”
Mark Hallman [Carole King, Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson]
“Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield definitely brought down the house when they played their wonderful songs to a completely packed house (requiring extra tables and chairs to be brought in to accommodate everybody). There wasn’t a person in that room who didn’t have a smile on their face.”
Arlene Boumel, President – Broward Folk Club – July 2014
“Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, one of those horrible people who seemingly can play anything they pick up and play it beautifully… Festival promoters, take note. He is a solid performer waiting to fill a spot for you. Five stars!”
Tom Paxton
“Roy Schneider has presence; it’s impossible to dismiss him when watching him on stage. His music makes a powerful impact on the listener. Add the keyboard and vocals contributed by Kim Mayfield (Roy’s wife) and you’ve got a winning combination.”
No Depression
“A heavy dose of ramblin’ Americana, complete with believable folk delivery and splattered with old-timey charm, Roy Schneider’s music is rooted in way that ties him to the outlaw singers of the past — the part where there is no latching onto someone else’s bootstraps, just playing what you believe.”
Scott Recker, eCurrent.com
“A beguiling and tasty stew of blues, country, folk, and Americana.”
Blues Matters! magazine
“Damn I love this album! [Erleichda] is a stellar example of good Americana.”
Minor 7th
“Roy is that rare breed sometimes known as the triple threat – that is vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Add the 4th dimension of engaging & entertaining performer and you’ve got a good idea of what Roy is about. He is one artist to watch.”
No Depression
“…like the best Americana should be, a compelling mix of narrative and instrumental beauty.”
Flyinshoes Review
“…had no idea [Roy] played so many instruments so well.”
Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary (personal correspondence)
“Sometimes he sounds like he’s auditioning for Little Feat (he’d get in, too), sometimes he’s light and jazzy and sometimes he’s a proper acoustic rocker. All the time he’s interesting, with the changes of pace keeping the listener on their toes, not least in wondering how he manages to be good at it all.”
Maverick magazine, UK
“There’s quite a soulful quality in there that comes over quite often and there’s a warmth that’s ever present.”
John Davy, UK correspondent to USA’s Americana Homeplace

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