Records, established in 1979, is one of the longest standing
independent record labels in the country.
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.
he opened Rustic Records, Inc. after purchasing
Little Gem Music, a record label and publishing catalog
associated with Little Jimmy Dickens.
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.
also manages three
publishing companies (one affiliated with each Performing
Rights Organization) offering music publishing and licensing
to our clients.
Rustic Records, Inc., announced the hiring of two
staff members and a fresh talent roster! We very much look forward to
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
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
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.
President and Founder
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.
says their music was "Rawbone
Country and Bluegrass."
Rustic Records, Inc.,
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
Executive Vice President,
Lafayette, Louisiana, Nell has over 20 years of
combined business experience in sales, real
estate, and entrepreneurship. Her
responsibilities include facilitating artist
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