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Rustic Records, established in 1979, is one of the longest standing independent record labels in the country.


Jack Schneider, founder and president, has been a songwriter in the music business for over 35 years. In the 1970s, he was a staff writer exclusively for Cedarwood Publishing (now a part of Universal Music) in Nashville, TN.


Jack had songs recorded by Grand Ole Opry stars such as Stonewall Jackson, Jim Ed Brown, Kitty Wells, Gary Stewart, and others. Several of these songs charted in the Billboard Top 20 including, “This World Holds Nothing,” which hit the Top 10.


In 1979, he opened Rustic Records, Inc. after purchasing Little Gem Music, a record label and publishing catalog associated with Little Jimmy Dickens.


With over 30 years of experience in the business, Rustic Records continues to utilize its entrepreneurial vision to adapt to an evolving industry. The opportunities for independent labels have grown rapidly and leveled a playing field that was once in favor of major labels.


Our corporation also manages three publishing companies (one affiliated with each Performing Rights Organization) offering music publishing and licensing to our clients.


In 2012, Rustic Records, Inc., announced the hiring of two staff members and a fresh talent roster! We very much look forward to the future! 



Jac Schneider, Jr.

Jac Schneider


Nashville, TN native, Jac Schnieder, began his college pursuits at John C. Calhoun College where he studied Art, Advertising Design, Audio/Video Production and Film, in addition to Broadcasting and English. He returned to Nashville to enroll at Belmont University where he studied Music Theory, Entertainment Ind. Law, and Engineering; graduating with a degree in Music Business.


Jac’s first love has always been music performance and performance art in general and thus, he hit the road with various 80’s bands.

Eventually, he embarked on his own project with a couple of his longtime musical pals in 37 Targetz to form The Head of Phineas Gage and Mouth Full of Bees as lead singer, rhythm guitar, drummer and co-producer respectively.

Following this, Jac began to pick up work in Nashville on live concerts productions with CMT such as The Road (series), At The Ryman (series), and the Crossroads (series) as well as various specials and award programming carried or sponsored by TNN, GAC, and CMT; all of which he still continues today.

As a result of his work, Jac landed a spot on the Steven Curtis Chapman Tour as Steven’s personal guitar tech. This lead to a opportunities to work with artists such as Blackhawk, Michael W. Smith, Bob Carlisle, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Kenny Loggins, Wynona Judd, Alan Jackson, Ambrosia and most recently, Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as many others. His job description with these artists runs the gamut from Instrument Tech, Monitor Engineer, Stage Manager, and Production Management. This variety, he says, “Is what really helps keep ‘the business’ from becoming stale and losing any initial excitement and joy I felt in the beginning.”

In addition to his experiences on the road, Jac has also been actively involved in the recording process as a drummer, percussionist, and singer with his groups and various singer/songwriters as well as guesting on album projects for friend and producer, Glenn Rosenstein and others.

All of us here at Rustic Records feel very fortunate and grateful to have Jac working alongside us and are able to draw upon his years of experience, talent and insight.

Jack Schneider
President and Founder

Born in Anniston, AL, Jack attended Auburn University and has been in the music business for over 35 years. While growing up in Anniston, he was a member of the “Cripple Creek Boys” who were heard live on WHMA every Saturday afternoon.  He

Jack Schneider

says their music was "Rawbone Country and Bluegrass." 


When Jack started Rustic Records, Inc., he worked as an independent sales representative for Russell Mills, later known as Russell Corporation, manufacturers of T-shirts, sweat shirts, and thermal underwear (Brand recognition is Jerzees and Russell Athletic). He considers himself very fortunate to have been associated with that great Alabama company and it's people during it's fabulous growth. "God Bless everyone of that bunch of real working folks down there" says Jack.  As president of Rustic Records Inc., Jack oversees each company department, the artist roster, song selection, and overall management.


Nell Schneider
Executive Vice President,
Office Manager

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Nell has over 20 years of combined business experience in sales, real estate, and entrepreneurship. Her responsibilities include facilitating artist recording and

Nell Schneider

management contracts as well as coordinating studio time. She maintains company schedules and conducts all correspondence for Jack. Additionally, she supervises office production, including employee relations, inventory, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.


Rustic Records would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, special requests, etc., please feel free to send us a note.



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