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Not Seen the Light of Day

by Sidestreet Reny

Urban avant folk 'n blues trio, featuring fingerstyle resonator guitar upright bass and drums. 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.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
1:37 $0.89
2. Bk
3:37 $0.89
3. Fade
3:57 $0.89
4. Money
3:34 $0.89
5. Jeannie
2:53 $0.89
6. Cali to Cairo
3:31 $0.89
7. Battles
3:06 $0.89
8. Yer Mind
4:15 $0.89
9. Hungry
4:38 $0.89
10. U Know
4:09 $0.89
11. The Rubble
2:59 $0.89
12. Grasping At Straws
4:11 $0.89
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Album Notes
Reny (J. Renard Collette) on vocals, National steel resonator, bluesharp, keys, production and songs
Lil' Bell (Maribel Landaetta) on drums, washboard and vocals
Bako Billy (Billy Fuller) on upright bass.

Reny and Bell (together for 14 years) with Billy (added in 2003) 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.

In the last 20 plus years of Reny's career, he has recorded everything from folk rock to hip hop, reggae, and of course the blues. The SSR sound is one that Reny has spent the last 12 years cultivating; producing a gumbo of originality, where Delta Blues simmers with urban and carribean accents, completing this rootsy stew with wordy lyrics that showcase his unique "side street" perspective. Always weary of the traditions he represents, SSR navigates the modern musical landscape with a deep love for all that has come before, while still staying creative and vital, and constantly striving to make proud those who created that very framework on which his music is built.

From sneaking into punk shows at the age of 12 to chasing the Grateful Dead at 14 and living on his own in Europe at 16 (as a sponsored skater/rapper), Reny has lead the kind of life that deserves to be written about... and that he does, with an honest poetic voice and passionate conviction. From songs about love and hate to art and social commentary to free-form rap lyrics ranging from boastful to political, Sidestreet Reny is truly a troubadour without confines.

Over the years Reny has traveled extensively and shared the stage with such acts as A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Xanax 25, Bass and Trouble, Culver City Dub Collective, Paula Fuga and Ice Cube (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 (gigs and shows only).

SSR has upcoming coverage in Blues Matters Magazine, popular Myspace and Youtube pages and are already getting radio airplay in select markests (WKUD FM Philly, INDIE 104 L.A, UNG 106.9 FM Norway, Mojo Blues 94.1 FM Macedonia). SSR is currently up for placemnt in tv and film and have been added to several publishing company's catalogs. Now touring in the United States, currently in the Northwest region with the Southwest tour planned for May/June.

***Sidestreet Reny is proudly endorsed by National Resophonic Guitars***

"from early delta blues to early Jamaican toasting and on to urban rap and hiphop is a direct line, though not a frequently traveled one, and Sidestreet Reny illustrates the links musically as well as lyrically... wow I love this!" - Woodstock Taylor UK (Garageband.com)

"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)

"one of the most interesting things I've heard in a long time" - Don Young (National Reso-Phonic guitars)

"Sidestreet Reny's "Not Seen the Light of Day" is original, well written and creative and therefore timeless" - Todd Herfindal (Peer Music)

Sidestreet Reny's "Not Seen the Light of Day" is brilliantly arranged and played, beautifully sung...there is a mind at work here that is not of this world...someone who has the music inside and is defined by it. - Susan Scott (CdBaby.com)

"Great original twist on classic blues! Distinctive, bouncy bluesy fun from the start. Nice raw blues voice. This coulda been recorded in, the 30s or 40s. Echoes of lots of blues greats, but it's no slavish homage or copycat, has it's own feel and very nice modern touches..." - James W. Harris (Georgia)

"Groove is in the heart! If you don't tap your toes or clap your hands while listening to this, you don't own a soul. Period. This has groove a mile wide, and does so with bare minimal instrumentation.Which leaves a ton of room for the sublime vocal work. The harmonies are exquisite and indeed hook the listener into the groove..." - RandomAlias (Quebec CA)


Medicine Show (duo), self prod., 98'
the Road Less Travelled (duo), self prod., 00'
Breakbeat Blues (production), self prod., 03'
Roots Reality (duo), self prod., 04'
Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers (trio), self prod., 05'
Not Seen the Light of Day (trio), self prod., 08'
the Complete SSR & LB, self prod., - out summer 08'



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Lynn J. Powell

Not Seen the Light of Day
This cd has a little something for everyone regardless of their age or taste in music. I love the way it goes from one style to another. It's a must have for any music lover.

edward delgado

Loved This CD from first few notes!
Reny's voice is aged whisky pouring out songs that are pure pleasure to succumb to. Each track is unique, and the CD unfolds into an experience of anticipation and exhilaration at the sheer triumph of finally encountering music with nary a song you'd want to skip. Laid back, cool, funky, rootsy....

Bryna Fuchslocher

Squirrel Nut Zipperish
The CD has a great vibe and southern flair to it. As a Squirrel Nut Zipper fan I enjoy the genre very much. Sidestreet Reny adds a modern flair with the similar big band/swing undertones. I look forward to the next album

Patrick Hogan

Awesome Album
Sidestreet Reny has created a totally original sound that is all their own. They sound like no other band I have heard, and for this, I love them. They artfully blend americana, blues, reggae, and even a hip-hop feel to create an awesome sound. They give off a sense of playing whatever they want, and not worrying about binding themselves to the restrictions of a single genre.

Susan Scott

A masterpiece of minimalism!
Once in a great long while, you happen upon an artist whose music is so honest and true that when you listen to it, you feel like you've come home. Sidestreet Reny is such a band of musicians and there is no risk of confusing them with anyone else on the music scene today. This trio almost defies category, and they have managed to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.

I first encountered Sidestreet Reny at www.youtube.com/sidestreetreny and it was love at first listen! The next step in the love affair was to buy their CD, "Not Seen the Light of Day," and it is hands down one of the best CDs I've ever heard! All of the songs are originals written by Reny (J. Renard Collette) who does the lead vocals plus a variety of instruments. Other members of the band include Lil' Bell (Maribel Landaetta) on drums and vocals, Bako Billy (Billy Fuller) on upright bass, and George the pug mascot who sleeps in a guitar case and also graces the back cover of the CD. Taken as a whole, "Not Seen the Light of Day" is a breathtaking experience! Reny's voice is raspy and pleasing, and the feel of the music is stark and stripped down, comfortable and familiar, a masterpiece of minimalism!

Here's how I would describe the songs on this astounding CD: Intro (delta blues filled with anticipation and mystery), BK (Cajun spiced reggae from the Brooklyn neighborhood), Fad (Dylanesque reggae built around that powerfully empty one space), Money (blues with a raw clean sound and changes that flow like a stream), Jeannie (a cool jazzy love song with a rocky rhythm), Cali to Cairo (blues reggae with harmonica and a folk rock/world music feel), Battles (a rap reggae dancehall urban song), Yer Mind (Tom Waits like...fife and drum, except there's no fife...indescribable!), Hungry (old school rap with truly complicated rhythms), U Know (beautiful and gentle love harmonies), the Rubble (bluesy acid rock with complicated rhythm changes), and Grasping at Straws (swampy and minimalist ... sitting-on-the-bayou chillin' with the old bluesmen).

If these descriptions make it sound like I don't know what I'm talking about, maybe I don't ... but Sidestreet Reny's music defies the limits and all you can do is describe it according to how it feels. The songs on "Not Seen the Light of Day" are brilliantly arranged and played, beautifully sung ... there is a mind at work here that is not of this world ... someone who has the music inside and is defined by it. This music and these musicians ... are true gifts!

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