'Uncle Roy' Rocks Gnu's Room Dressed in a mango-orange Hawaiian button down patterned with flowers and ukuleles, “Uncle Roy” Shultz sang about life, love and leisure with his saxophone-playing son, Jonas, at the Gnu’s Room Friday night. “I’m trying to start playing places where the crowd listens more,” Schultz said. “I’ve been playing the bars since I was a teenager. I’m trying to get out of that venue, especially because I am a songwriter trying to get my songs heard.” The Uncle Roy Show mixes roots of rock ‘n’ roll, hardcore honky tonk, soul country, rhythm and blues, the samba and bossa nova of Brazil and ethnic folkloric styles of Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii, Shultz said. “Every genre has good music, and my music comes from the roots of ‘50s kinds of music,” Schultz said. “Rather than looking at Led Zeppelin, I was looking at where Led Zeppelin got their ideas.” Shultz said his third album, which he has not yet titled, will be released this summer. The CD has 12 tracks with country jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, boogie, ethnic, Latin, hillbilly, reggae, folk funk, a hard country tune, a Cajun song about Kansas, some uplifting things, a drinking thing and a couple of love songs, according to The Uncle Roy Show website. “It’s a mixture of everything—stuff I’ve been involved with since I was a kid,” Shultz said. Before his teenage years, Shultz said he used to travel across the country with his father, a truck driver. “Maybe the rhythm of the road (inspired my music career),” Shultz said. “There was no radio (in the truck.) The truck was so loud, and you could hear all sorts of rhythms in that diesel engine.” After moving to California at age 14, Shultz said he began playing the drums in bands along the West Coast and even Hawaii. He taught himself to play multiple instruments, starting with the drums and progressing to the guitar, mandolin, harmonica and others. “I never took any (music) lessons because there was no one to teach us,” Schultz said. “There was no Berklee School of Music then.” Many years later, Schultz’s son, Jonas, attended Berklee in Boston, Mass., to study contemporary music. “I studied all kinds of music stuff – education, engineering, film scoring and some business classes – to become more well-rounded,” Jonas said. Then, Jonas moved back to Auburn to take music history and history of ancient civilizations classes at the University during the summer. Jonas said he began playing the saxophone at age 11 and has continued to play with his dad. “I learned a lot of what I know from playing gigs and trying to meet club owners and other people who will help us out,” Jonas said. Jonas also formed a local band called The Good Doctor a little more than a year ago. In fact, he left the Gnu’s Room to perform with his band at Bourbon Street Friday night. After Schultz and his son spent time in California and Texas, love brought them to Auburn in 1996, when his soon-to-be second wife, Mary Rudisill, became the department head and a professor of kinesiology at Auburn University. “We met in Texas (in 1992), and she got a job offer here,” Schultz said. “Then, we got married at the courthouse in Opelika.” Sitting in a wooden chair among the small gathering of Uncle Roy listeners, Rudisill smiled as she listened to her husband and stepson play songs inspired by life experiences. Schultz wrote “The Anniversary Song” for their third anniversary and “Another Mother’s Birthday” for Rudisill’s birthday, which usually falls on or around Mother’s Day each spring. “Tonight, he only played the sweet (songs) that he has written about me,” Rudisill said. Rudisill said her art form is athletics and movement, but that she thinks her husband’s ability to play multiple instruments at once is amazing. She also recognizes the disparity in hers and Schultz’s lifestyles. “My life is very structured,” Rudisill said. “I have a tenured job, but he and my stepson have to try to find work every week. Their world is different than mine.” Schultz is planning another Uncle Roy Show the Gnu’s Room May 1 and will perform at the Art Walk & Wine Festival in Apalachicola, Fla., Sat., May 8. But Schultz will always be honest Uncle Roy, and he said he will continue playing music for anyone willing to listen. “When I first moved here about 13 years ago, I realized I wasn’t going to fool anybody into thinking I was younger than I was. I didn’t get a tattoo or wear a pony tail or get an earring,” Schultz said. “You see, in Hawaii, when you’re a friend of the family, ‘uncle’ and ‘aunt’ are honorary titles. When I was there, I was ‘Uncle Roy.’”
"There's a whole heap of musical mayhem, humor and pure fun in store at the launch of the new CD "The Uncle Roy Show, Vol. II"... the music is an engaging and well played jumble of South American sounds and rhythms, breezy island influences, downhome folk elements, jazz and rock."
An eclectic mix of jazz, roots rock, classic country and beachy influences distinguish the folk songs of "The Uncle Roy Show Volume II," featuring Jonas Schultz and The Twang Thang. Think Jimmy Buffet jams with Hank Jr. and David Allen Coe and then picks up a jazzy saxophone with Brazilian influences. Pretty eclectic, huh? But its the cheeky songwriting that'll endear you to Uncle Roy and the boys. You just can't go wrong with songs titled "The Power of Positive Drinking" and "Is The Screwin' That You're Gettin', Worth The Screwin' That Your'e Gettin?" And however humorous they may be, these witty songs make valid points. Don't file The Uncle Roy Show in the funny music category just yet though. Other tracks including the standout opening track "Now/Here" are rooted in deeper issues. The jazzy, relaxed "Brazil," authentically sung in Portuguese, made me want to sip a sangria and samba around the living room. With such laid back, fun tunes, it's no wonder The Uncle Roy Show has been so successful on the Gulf Coast. In fact, if you want to catch them in the next few months, you'd better head south to Apalachicola, Fla. ... 4-12-2006
Heres what The Loafer, Auburn Alabama says … ”The Uncle Roy Show with The Twang Thang is a band that comes in several configurations, its basic grouping consists of the trio of “Uncle Roy” Schultz, Dave Swanger and Derek DeLamar … when Uncle Roy’s son Jonas is home from attending Berklee College of music in Boston the band adds saxophone and piano to the basic trio of drums, lead and bass guitar. The Uncle Roy experience is a swiss army knife of a band, it seems each configuration is a different entity playing different material. When Uncle Roy plays alone he appears as a troubadour much in the Bob Dylan mold, complete with harmonica holder. The music Roy plays can be loosely described as Americana. Roy grew up traveling across the USA with his dad who was a truck driver. In the truck stops Roy was exposed to the country music on the jukeboxes … these stops gave Roy his first musical influences. Along with Western swing, Roy was influenced by Tex Mex …an influence that shows up strongly on his soon to be released CD. Roy has played in bands all over the map. His travels include gigs in California, Texas, Hawaii, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Brazil. His singing is delivered with a fiendish delight that can be wordly and jaded. An example of this trend is his song “Is the screwin’ that you’re getting’ worth the screwin’ that you’re getting’”. On the other hand his songs can be achingly tender and loving. Some of his ballads written for his wife are very moving valentines that betray a softer side to Roy. When Roy is joined by Dave Swanger on lead guitar and Derek DeLamar on bass The Uncle Roy Show morphs into The Twang Thang. This band plays a wide variety of material including R&B, Western Swing, Rock and Folk. … when The Twang Thang is joined by Jonas Schultz the band changes once again. While continuing to deliver most of the songs from The Uncle Roy Show the band takes a serious trip south to include Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Jonas is simply a wonder! While still in his teens this young fellow delivers jazz solos from classic bossa nova that are flawless. In this configuration one can enjoy the whole range of the Uncle Roy playbook. When you see their name on an upcoming music schedule don’t miss the opportunity to go out and see a local treasure” Mike Dement Auburn Loafer October 2005 Auburn Alabama
Somewhere in the darkest, hottest depths of hell Satan is laughing his ass off. In case you can’t tell by the CD cover, Uncle Roy, also known as Roy Schultz, is crazy as fuck. He is so crazy that he has no idea how incredibly stoned his son Jonas is on both the back and inside photos. Still, if Jonas could arrange and transcribe all of these songs he’s got to be useful for something. Of course, this is indeed “The Uncle Roy Show” (and in a truly cruel development only the second in an assuredly eternally-produced series). Predictably enough, all fifteen songs on this recording were penned with the crazy guy with poor taste in clothes, who seems to have elevated cluelessness to an art form. He claims in “The Perfect Love Song” that he “ain’t ready to die yet,” and goddamn it if he doesn’t sound like he’s telling the truth. How many more “Volumes” there will be in this series is anybody’s guess, but the fact that Schultz is somehow able to record, produce, package, and distribute his album is a testament to independent music’s all-inclusive mentality. Fugazi with an acoustic, you say? Well, not quite. There’s nothing otherwise subversive about these Jimmy Buffett style tunes, with all the expected humor about growing old and being a quirky guy making up the bulk of the material. There comes a time in many reviews when the reviewer will ponder whether the artist in question will be burning up the charts one day. The Uncle Roy Show might not reach the same level as the “Eminem Show,” but this guy has to have fans somewhere out there. If there is a Satan, this won’t be the last we’ve heard from Roy Schultz. (Leona Records)
"I've been playing cuts from The Uncle Roy Show, Vol. 2 for a couple of months now and by far my favorite is "10 Ft. Tall & Bulletproof". I don't know what it is about that song but it grabs me in a tender spot every time. I identify with the lyrics and the texture of the song reminds me of Brook Benton. A truly great song "Uncle Roy" is the Real Deal! He is an authentic omni-talented soul who follows his own muse ... ore muses, because Uncle Roy makes incredible art to be consumed by the eyes as well as the ears. He writes highly personal folk/country/soul songs and fun party down songs and is an amazing multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mouth harp, drums and percussion) Uncle Roy has played around the world with some of the greats, living his songs and hammering away at his craft, on and off the road for over 30 years. Roy's son, Jonas, is also a gifted musician, who graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts and now attends the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He is a prodigy on the tenor sax with a sweet tone. fluid fingers and an uncanny sense of intonation. This cd had a huge variety of music contained on it. It covers the gamut, from Brazilian influenced tunes, through rockabilly, and on into country and folk ballads. Many of these songs are auto-biographical in the sense that they originate from Roy's many experiences as a father and husband. I find them very relevant for me as a person in long term relationships. These songs are well road tested and profess Roy's philosophy of following your dream and taking your shot. The guitar solos on this cd are played by Dave Swanger, and they are perfect - sensitive AND they swing! Uncle Roy has a warm, if somewhat ragged baritone voice that makes a convincing plea for the believability of some of the more serious songs and the frivolity of others."

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