SCMG – Who are the members of your band?
Rene: Currently I am performing solo. I’m in the process of putting together a “Power Trio,” which would include Chris Blackwell on Drums. We’re looking for a 5 String Bass player right now.
SCMG – What genre do you consider yourself?
SCMG – What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?
Rene: I was chosen out several hundred applicants to perform at the Tedxcharleston.org show at the Charleston Music Hall on 10/18/17- here’s the link to that performance- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=nNnX48i_0E8
SCMG – What are your plans for 2018?
Rene: Releasing a new Single, “I Wonder, Do You?” on 4/23/18 and will start shooting the video for it in early Feb. We are working with Artist Formula & Symphonic Distribution to market the single and the video. This Single was Mixed & Mastered by Chris Blackwell. He also played drums, bass, and sang backing vocals.
Chris and I will be working on 2 more singles to release over the next few months, and our first show as a “Trio” is scheduled for April 26th at Morgan Creek Grill. We’ll be showcasing my originals. This year we will be working to secure slots in key venues & festivals/fairs locally and regionally both as a solo and as a three piece band.
SCMG – Where and when can we find you?
SCMG – Who would you consider your biggest local influence?
Rene; Tim Styles, an awesome singer-songwriter and musician.
SCMG – What would they say about you?
Rene: Every time he sees me play, he says he forgets about how unique my right hand playing style is.
SCMG – What are your favorite albums of all time from any musician?
Rene: Fleetwood Mac- Rumours, Janis Ian- Between the Lines, all of James Taylor, Nanci Griffith- One Fair Summer Evening, Eurythmics-Touch, Santana-Abraxas, Indigo Girls-self titled-1989 & 1200 curfews, Tracy Chapman.
SCMG – If you could meet any of your favorite musicians, who would you choose and why?
Rene; Stevie Nicks, she is my biggest inspiration after James Taylor. Her songwriting style and subject matter resonate with me.