Rene Russell plays acoustic Americana-Folk-Rock with a percussive finger-picking, claw-hammer style on a 12-string guitar. She is also a songwriter and she has something to say. Her ‘change your brain music’ comes from her life experience. She challenges you to have the courage to make a conscious choice to make changes in your life that will lead you to your truth.
Rene Russell is an accomplished musician, her instrument; the 12- string guitar. She makes it look so easy. She turns one guitar into a rhythmic percussion section; percussive thumping bass lines, popping strings like a “hammer dulcimer”, precise finger-picking defining the melodies and bass notes within the song at once. Her DIY approach to music has resulted in a style that is incredibly clean sounding, while retaining an edgy, and dynamic live sound.
She has been crafting her style since she picked up the guitar in 1972, at 12 years old, influenced by musical icons such as James Taylor, Michael Hedges and Stevie Nicks. She also absorbed and was influenced by the harmonies of the Statler Brothers, the rhythm of Stevie Wonder and Santana, and more recently bands like Tyler Childers and Turnpike Troubadours. It’s hard to put a label on her music, but Songwriter/ Folk/Rock/Americana comes close.
As a Songwriter, 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’s 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.
Now residing in Waynesville, NC, Rene Russell takes her musical ideas in directions that few performers have been able to in recent times. Dazzling audiences for the past 30 years from Nashville to San Diego, Atlanta to Austin, Texas, Rene Russell not only writes her own material, but performs it with the passion and precision only a dedicated solo artist is capable of.