By ASHLEY CENTERS
For Inland 360
When Dylan Schneider was a kid, his parents gave him a guitar to take to a Brett Eldredge concert in hopes of getting an autograph. That early Christmas gift and Eldredge’s encouragement to “keep going – never give up” propelled Schneider into life as a country music artist.
Schneider, now 18, hopes he can pass on the energy and encouragement he got as a child.
“Music is everything to me,” Schneider said. “Writing and performing are forms of communication for me. They allow me to connect with fans on a really unique level. There’s nothing better than performing for fans and watching them sing along. When someone relates to your music, there’s no better feeling.”
Schneider recently moved from his hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., to Nashville to advance his music career. He’ll headline a concert Friday at Lewis-Clark State College. Clarkston native Aaron Cerutti opens the show.
Schneider signed with Interscope Records last November after a series of successful EP releases. In 2017 his third EP, “Spotlight’s On You,” reached No. 1 on the iTunes Country Album charts. Billboard has called him “country music’s next rising star.’
“I’m constantly trying to challenge myself by writing with new writers and performing at new venues,” Schneider said. “The guys that go on tour with me have been on the road with me from the start, so we’ve been through a lot together. I’d like to think my writing and performing and our strength as a band has only grown and gotten better.”
He describes his sound as “very now,” but also as representative of what’s to come in country music. He draws inspiration from his co-writers and others around him, as well as from past experiences and idols such as Granger Smith, Eldredge and Sam Hunt. As he writes more, he said, he has gotten into the habit of paying close attention to the world around him and seeing it as art.
Schneider was one of the performers at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Festival Oct. 1 where a gunman killed 58 people and injured 851. He spoke about surviving the experience with Billboard.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Dylan Schneider
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, May 4
WHERE: Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center, 602 Ninth Ave., Lewiston
COST: $10 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 6-12, free for LCSC students with valid ID and children ages 5 and under.