The Dukes of Hazzard’s Bo and Luke Duke are reuniting this spring along with their famous car, The General Lee, when actors John Schneider and Tom Wopat embark on the Good Ole Boys tour.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard, which aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985, the MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert Series kicks off April 13 at Bakersfield, Calif.’s Kern County Raceway and will visit at least 10 markets in 2019.
The events will take place in outdoor facilities that can accommodate a car show. Wopat , a.k.a. Luke Duke, will open the concert, followed by Schneider, a.k.a. Bo Duke, and then the pair will sing together. Up to five acts will appear at each event. Members of the cast are also expected to participate.
In addition to The General Lee, a bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger that became synonymous with the action/comedy series, the car show will also feature hot rods, muscle cars, Uncle Jesse pick-up trucks and Daisy Duke Jeeps.
“It’s a great combination,” Wopat tells Billboard. “Many times in the last 40 years when we’ve done car shows, I thought it would be great to have a stage over there and do a concert.”
“It’s a great opportunity for both of us to get our music out there,” Schneider adds. “I play basically from the Panhandle in Florida to Austin, Texas. I haven’t really been [west of] Austin in 25 years as far as doing a concert. I haven’t done anything in California in decades, so this is a great opportunity.”
In addition to their acting careers, both Wopat and Schneider have found success in music. Schneider had a string of country hits in the ‘80s, including chart-toppers “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)” and “You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight.” In 2018, he released a new album, Odyssey, as well as releasing a new single each week online. In December, the recent “Dancing with the Stars” contestant released a new acoustic collection titled John Schneider’s Greatest Hits: Still!
Wopat has also released country records over the years and most recently has recorded jazz projects and songs from the Great American Songbook.
In 2014, Schneider and Wopat recorded a holiday project together, Home for Christmas. “I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done and we had a blast making it,” Wopat says. “Those kinds of things are why I’m still in the business because I still enjoy doing it a lot and it’s always a pleasure to sing with John.”
Schneider sees the Good Ole Boys Tour as a win win. “I look at this as a wonderful opportunity to get the word out about the great music that we’ve just done and to remind people about the music from the past,” he says. Aside from country music and car stunts, both Wopat and Schneider continue to act. Schneider is on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots series on OWN and produces films at his Louisiana-based John Schneider Studios. Wopat still appears in TV shows, plays and films including Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and the TV series “Longmire.”
As The Dukes of Hazzard turns 40, both Schneider and Wopat are proud of the show’s enduring fan base. “It was one of those shows that really had a multi-generational appeal,” says Wopat. “Grandparents could watch. The little kids could watch. Everybody would find something to enjoy in it.”
“People remember watching the Dukes with their whole family,” Schneider adds. “When people remember the Dukes, they remember the episodes, but they also remember what was happening in their lives when they were watching it with their grandparents. They had popcorn and TV dinners and had a great time. It wasn’t just about the show, it was about their family.”