Road veteran, songsmith, country boy. Any of those would describe Andy Schneider. He's spent his life touring America, playing many of the country’s classic music rooms: from farmtown taverns to legendary big-city venues. "I grew up in the country, and blues and country music were all I knew until I moved away. I played my first road-gig on my 18th birthday. I got the bug, and my love of playing for people has never faded.” Epic Fail is Andy’s 9th studio album to date. His release with the band Xx, “The Live and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Honkey” garnered 155 CMJ station adds and his music has been heard in the film, “Bike Like You Mean It.” At home in Nashville, Andy’s found his place in the world. Moving from Marfa, Texas to Nashville in 2013, drawn by the country music industry. “I was co-writing with lots of Nashville writers via Skype and email, then decided it was time to make the jump.” “I knew I was in the right place when I moved to town, because within just a few weeks I was acting on the set of ABC’s ‘Nashville’ and had already showcased at the Bluebird Café. Not bad for an Iowa boy from a town of 99 people!” he reports. “Country music has changed because the country has changed,” reports Andy. “Now, through technology, life in my hometown looks much as it does elsewhere: the food, music, speech..everything. I was born and raised country, but listened to Prince and Nirvana as much as Merle and Willie. It’s only natural that the music that comes out of me has all of that in it.” He’s also very vocal about his place in the current musical landscape. Andy envisions a world that’s rarely black and white, the good guys look a lot like the bad guys, and even angels have their demons. “Music should be honest, to the core. And honestly, rarely do I feel like my whole life is perfect. I make an effort to appreciate it all, but my ice cream usually has an ant in it.” Even when celebrating, his music has a tinge of uneasiness. A self-reflectiveness that mutes the vibrance.