Rene Russell -Official Website: www.renerussell.com
Rene plays Taylor 12-String Guitars
Currently finishing up New Album "Freeverse" will feature 13 songs- to be released in January 2015!
Rene Russell is an accomplished musician, her instrument; the 12- string guitar. She makes it look so easy combining rhythmic, percussive thumping and popping of strings with crisp, clear finger-picking, defining the melodies and bass notes within the song at once.
As a Song-writer, she speaks to you of experience, both personal and Universal. Mediums of messages, her songs deliver layers of life, internal moments of choice, change and hope. It’ up to the listener to decide how deep they want to go. Her clear, Alto voice is the thread that weaves together the tapestry of Rene Russell the Artist.
For the last 20 + years Rene Russell has been entertaining audiences with her unique 12-string picking style and her rich, powerful voice from East Coast to West Coast. Now residing in Charleston SC, she has lived in Nashville, where she performed at the Blue Bird Cafe, as well as Atlanta, Austin and San Diego, performing at colleges, bistros, nightclubs and festivals. She has also opened for performers such as , “The Indigo Girls, Ellen James Society, Tom Chapin, Danielle Howle and Jennifer Nettles Band (better known as SugarLand) to name a few.
Rene’s debut album; “Last Night I Rode A Night-Mare”, (cassette format only) cut in 1990 and in 1995 she recorded her second album, (CD Format) self titled “Rene Russell”, recorded at The Fire Station in San Marcos, TX.
Rene’s performances are a balanced collection her original songs as well as cover tunes from her favorite artists such as; U2, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, Eagles, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Buffett, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, and Tom Petty.
Her performances evoke excitement and happiness, with a touch of comedy. She is an exceptional talent and a fine asset to any musical venue.
“Rene Russell is Powerful. Whether her voice is throbbing with emotion, growling, or seductively mesmerizing, it reaches out and grabs something--both vital and visceral.” Denise LaRae - Alliance New, Ft. Worth, TX
“With pipes like Melissa Etheridge, a production style a la Sam Phillips/T. Bone Burnett, wistful, often ethereal songs, she deserves to be there. This CD is strong and memorable...” Joe Mitchell - Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX