Rene Russell’s new album, “freeverse” , released 1/2015, is about understanding that we command the power of change in our lives. We are the only ones standing in our way, we are the only ones who can give ourselves permission to be successful and happy. Rene finally realized this in 2012 when she quit drinking after 32 years. “Freeverse” was the result of that clarity, 13 widely diverse songs about her experiences and insights.
Rene is a 12-string guitarist, with a Southern-Folk-Rock percussive groove. Sounds like a nice blend of Bonnie Raitt/Stevie Nicks and James Taylor/ Michael Hedges. She has been crafting her percussive, finger-picking style since she picked up the 12-string in 1972. She was never interested in playing a 6-string, only the 12-string guitar would do.
As a Songwriter, she speaks to you of experience, both personal and Universal. Her songs deliver layers of life, internal moments of choice, change and hope.
Originally from Columbia, SC, Rene has been a solo performer since 1980 and over the years has shared the stage with Tom Chapin, Michelle Malone, Danielle Howle, and Indigo Girls. She has spent time living and playing in cities across the country; Atlanta, Ga, Austin, TX, Nashville, TN, and San Diego, CA. She now lives in Charleston, SC, and in 2011/2012 she was a co-host for BalconyTV Charleston/Behind the Scenes.
In 2015 she performed at the 30-A Songwriter’s Festival and is currently touring both locally and regionally throughout the Southeast in support of her new album. You can purchase her music and find out where she’s playing next on her website: ReneRussell.com [+]