TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute native Dylan Schneider has found support for his music from some pretty big names in Nashville.
Not only did Schneider co-write the title track of his new EP with Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, he also earned a spot on the FGL tour.
“It’s awesome,” Schneider said of the tour. “It’s like a dream come true.”
When WTWO/WAWV caught up with Schneider, he had just completed stops in Detroit, New York and Cleveland.
“It was a blast,” he said of those first performances.
The 19-year-old Schneider, who said he has been performing for a little over four years, got his start booking acoustic shows around his hometown. WTWO/WAWV has been there since the beginning.
Schneider has made multiple appearances on Good Day Live promoting his music including in 2017, when his EP “Spotlight’s on You” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart.
Coming up in the age of social media, Schneider was quickly able to build a following for his music career.
“It’s a cool way to put constant content out there,” Schneider said of the various social media platforms. “It definitely helped out a lot.”
Just before his 16th birthday, he had the opportunity to see one of his musical idols, Brett Eldredge of Paris, Illinois, perform at the Hulman Center.
He called Eldredge an “inspiration,” noting that if someone from only 20 miles away from his hometown could become a country music star, Schneider knew he could to.
Schneider showed up to the concert with a sign that read, “Tomorrow is my Sweet 16. I want to sing with you,” and Eldredge actually pulled the young fan on stage.
The duo sang Eldredge’s hit “Tell Me Where to Park,” and Schneider recalled forgetting all the lyrics to the song just before they began to sing, but said he was quickly able to recover, and even took the microphone away for Eldredge on stage.
“There were 5 or 6,000 people at the Hulman Center,” Schneider said. “It’s easily the most people I’ve ever been in front of.”
But, instead of getting nervous, Schneider said the impromptu performance just made him more determined to pursue his music. And that decision seems to be paying off.
His fourth EP, “Whole Town Talk,” which dropped Aug. 19, includes songs co-written by Tyler Hubbard and Corey Crowder.
The title track is about life growing up in a small town–something Schneider knows all about.
Schneider said the EP also includes a couple of heartbreak songs that “get you in the feels,” and the much anticipated, “How to Country,” that he described as “another one of those party jams.”
The FGL Fest will be Sept. 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Schneider said he’s not sure if he will be singing that night, but he still encouraged everyone to come to the show.
For links to his new EP and tour dates, check out Schneider’s website.