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Sidestreet Reny
"Not Seen The Light Of Day"

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Reny (J. Renard Collette) on vocals, National resonator and other 4, 6 and 12 stringed guitars, keys, bluesharp, lapsteel, production and songs, Lil’ Bell (Maribel Landaetta) on drums and vocals and Bako Billy (Billy Fuller) on upright bass. Reny, Bell (together for 12 years) and Billy (added in 2003) blend bluesy/funky finger-style and slide guitar, original poignant songwriting and upright bass heavy grooves, to create an eclectic sound limited only by Reny's influences. Drawing mostly from pre-war blues, old school hip hop, roots and dancehall reggae, Sidestreet Reny and co. bring an eclectic yet familiar sound all their own. Reny's syncopated, soulful (singing or rapping) vocals and Bell's high harmonies have the power to take you all the way from a delta juke joint to a Brooklyn street corner before the first song is finished.

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, 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 dance, pop and hip hop remixes and 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).

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.

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“from early delta blues to early Jamaican toasting and on urban rap and hip hop 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 (

“..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)

"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." - Guy Revieau, Example Magazine

"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....these guys are destined for movie and TV placement for sure" - Todd Herfindal (Peer Music)

Not Seen the Light of Day
**** Stars
author: Lynn J. Powell
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.

Loved This CD from first few notes!
***** Stars
author: Edward Delgado
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....

A masterpiece of minimalism!
***** Stars
author: Susan Scott
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 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!