I haven't blogged for a while; I guess it doesn't come as easily to me as perhaps it should. But this is a very exciting time in my music career, so I thought I'd reach out to my fans both old and new. I have so many projects in the pipeline, I can hardly keep track of them all. First off, my Neil Young tribute band SHAKEY DEAL is starting to take off. We play at the Public House Brewing Co in St. James, MO on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. That is a fantastic venue for music, food and drink...check it out, folks! This is our second show there. We are also about to finalize a major appearance at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL on Jan. 9. Meanwhile, I am continuing work on a new CD called CLEAR THE WAY; it's over halfway finished. Hoping for a late March 2016 release if all goes well. I am in talks to do the theme song for a reality TV show called "Soul Tripping," and my song "Up in the Air" has been covered by another artist on YouTube and may get a unique updated recording from yours truly if a few more pieces fall in place. Various other things are in the pipeline, and I'll be anxious to share anything that gets finalized. I can say this: I love making music and performing, more than almost anything else. I have worked hard at it, and now things are starting to pay off. My sense is that 2016 is going to be a major year for me artistically. I also want to express that every single fan and listener matters to me. If you are reading this, I care about you and your perceptions. I want to make music that touches your soul, makes you think and also enables you to tap your feet and shimmy a little bit, if you do that sort of thing! Art is, in my opinion. only complete when the listener or fan has a personal experience after the artist has served up the product of their muse. In that sense, creativity is a collaborative thing, through and through. I welcome your communication, encouragement and suggestions, folks, always! We live in a world that is increasingly crazier and more insecure, and we have to stick together. Let's make our lives, our friendships and our talents really COUNT, and do what we can to improve the world AND inspire each other. Y'all with me? Hope to see you at one of my shows real soon!
As work continues on CLEAR THE WAY, my new album, I am trying to keep pushing higher towards that mythical "next level" people keep telling me about. A couple of very good things have happened that I will be announcing soon, and the animal rescue anthem that I recorded at Shock City Studios, "Rescue Them," is now available via iTunes, CDBaby.com and as a limited physical single paired with my song "Figure Out." On Nov. 15, I travel to Springfield, MO to perform in my friend Rick Haegg's benefit concert at Drury University. On Fri., Nov. 21, Jeff Viers and I perform a duo acoustic concert at the Stone Spiral Coffeehouse in Maplewood. Show starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover. And on Nov. 22, I will perform "Rescue Them" at the St. Louis Animal Rights Team's annual fundraiser at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall at 6501 Wydown Blvd. There are always surprises around every turn on my journey, and I'll try to keep you all informed as best I can. Meanwhile, remember to "CLEAR THE WAY" of obstacles preventing you from reaching your own dreams!
This coming Friday, Oct. 17, I will host my 6th Anniversary Concert at the beautiful Ozark Theatre in Webster Groves, 103 E. Lockwood. The concert starts at 8 p.m. You can get your tickets at the door day of show, or in advance right here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kevin-renick-and-company-6th-anniversary-and-birthday-bash-tickets-13320940291 I am planning to record this concert for potential use in a future project, so having a good crowd there would be nice! Besides this being my 6th anniversary as a performer (and my birthday), it also represents roughly the 5-year anniversary of my song UP IN THE AIR making it into Jason Reitman's acclaimed film. It has been quite a journey for me, full of twists and turns, and while it hasn't all been easy, I can't imagine NOT being a musician at this point. It has brought me too much joy! I am hard at work on a new album to be called CLEAR THE WAY. I am really hoping I can get it out by Thanksgiving or soon after. I'm getting great results in the studio! The first song to be finished is called "Rescue Them," and it is about abandoned pets and the organizations that work to help them. I'll perform this song at the concert, and have some CDr copies of the single to give away. Two other things I wanted to mention. I recently appeared on the John and Kane show on IndioRadio.com; those guys are big supporters and I always have a wonderful time with them. The premiere of "Rescue Them" occurred on this show, and if you missed it, here is a link to the full podcast, which was thoroughly entertaining: http://radiokane.podomatic.com/entry/2014-10-10T14_22_54-07_00 And finally, a sad bit of news: my friend and big influence, Lou Whitney of Springfield, MO, died from cancer this past week. It was a terrible loss for the music community, and since I've known Lou for many years, this was really tough to take. But I wrote a big tribute to this visionary artist for the Zachary Mule website. If you want to know why he was so important and how I became so connected to him, read the article. You'll find it right here: http://zacharymule.com/wp/?p=1747 I have lots of big plans for fall, with the new songs coming faster than I can record them. Stay tuned for more info....and PLEASE try to attend the big concert on Oct. 17! Each and every one of you matters to me!
I'm apparently not the best blogger in the world, as I don't seem to be able to update on my activities as regularly as some artists. Part of that is because things change so rapidly in my life, and the demands on my time are such that I rarely have the luxury, especially on a regular basis, of merely sitting down and writing about myself for a fan base that I am still trying to build. At any rate, here's what I can say: after some months of turbulence in my life which I won't recount here, I am truly focusing on the music right now. I am planning to self-release a new CD this fall, to be called CLEAR THE WAY. It covers a variety of topics, including relationship stuff, introspection and the title track which takes on the state of the world. The Mom project, which I only raised a little bit for through Indie Go Go, is also still under way, but I've pushed off that release until Spring of next year. I've just about finished a song to be submitted to Tony LaRussa's ARF charity, and I hope to post a new FREE song for fans sometime very soon. My 6th Anniversary show will be at the Ozark Theatre in Webster Groves, MO on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. I'll post info on how to get tickets soon. And St. Louis Magazine has done a nice "Seven Questions" piece on me which you can read here: http://www.stlmag.com/arts/music/seven-questions-with-songwriter-kevin-renick/ I am busier than ever, but I want to get this new album out ASAP, and then formulate some concrete plans for 2015. Stay tuned, and know that any of you reading this truly matter to me. I am dedicated to being one on one with fans, always.
I have launched an important fundraising campaign, with the goal of recording two very different albums at the same time. One is a long-planned tribute to my mother, who passed away a few years ago. I've been working on a song cycle about love, grief and transition and it's going to be the most heartfelt thing I've done. The other album will be a rocking, rootsy record produced by the legendary Lou Whitney in Springfield, MO. PLEASE, everyone, click on this link and contribute what you can. I'm very serious about making the two best records I've ever done, and YOU can be part of the process in a big way! http://igg.me/p/683429/x/6401640
I'm excited about the prospects for this year, even though financially I am struggling. But I am nearing completion on a compiliation CD that will have some great new songs on it, and remixed versions of some of my better known older songs. I hope to have "Song of Longing" up on YouTube sometime in March. On March 11, I headline a show in Chicago for the first time, at the Elbo Room. And I am working on quite a bit of new material, some of which will end up on OUR MOTHER'S PLACE, the new studio recording I am working on with a couple of top St. Louis engineers. I wish the booking process for gigs was not so unpredictable and difficult. And I wish the music industry itself weren't so fractured and hard to make waves in. But...I suppose the challenges of this profession help separate those who really have the passion for it from those who don't. I still love making music, and playing for people, and being surprised. As long as all that's true, I will keep going down this very long, winding, but often scenic road....