|Sidestreet Reny (J. Renard Collette) – lead vocals, songs, National steel resonator guitars, bluesharp, production.Lil’ Bell (Maribel Landaetta)- harmony vocals, drums and washboard.Reny and Bell (together for 14 years) blend bluesy/funky finger-style and slide on National Resonator guitar, original poignant songwriting and solid straight forward grooves. Drawing mostly from|
|pre-war blues, roots and folk music with a little old school rap, calypso and dancehall reggae. “SSR manage to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.”The result of their efforts is a seemingly organic blend of the elements, sewing 100 plus years of American music into a rich tapestry of eclectic yet somehow familiar sounds all their own… Like everything, and nothing you’ve ever heard, all at once.|
Sidestreet Reny has recieved rave reviews from publications such as Blues Matters Magazine, Blues Review, popular Myspace and Youtube pages and are already getting radio airplay nationally as well as over seas. They have recently been placed in an episode of Real Sex on HBO and are currently up for more placement in tv and film and have been added to several publishing company’s catalogs. They recently toured Central America Now touring in the United States, currently in the Northwest region with upcoming Southeast fall tours as well as Southern tours for early 2013. Reny is endorsed by National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Goorin Hats, Creetin Art and Nyce Clothing.
Over the years Reny has traveled extensively and shared the stage with many acts such as A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Xanax 25, Bass and Trouble, Culver City Dub Collective, Paula Fuga and Ice Cube just to name a few and played at festivals and clubs throughout Scandinavia, Germany, and the U.S. Reny (aka J-sun or Jason Fine) has been featured on various international remixes and albums/singles including Brian McKnight – I Can’t Go For That, Vanessa Williams – The Comfort Zone remixes, Inner Circle – Bad Boys remix and a string of European releases. Reny has also accumulated an impressive back catalog of songs and recordings including 5 commercially unreleased cd’s and Mp3’s (available online only).
“Every track on this CD is unique and it is all self-penned with powerful, emotive and often critical lyrics. It is a total mixture of Blues infused with roots, folk, hip-hop, rap and soft rock all played with fingerstyle and slide on 1932 National Triolian, with double bass, drums, Blues-harp and washboard. It’s taken a century of US musical heritage out of its boxes, redesigned into new textures and shapes… An album for us critics to rave about!” – Carol Borrington (Blues Matters magazine, UK)
“the passionate nature of the music and performance variations add to the spiritual nature of the music… a special outing for those afficianados looking for something different” – Laura Phillips (Music Connection)