Rene Russell and the Bottom End is a percussive, Americana-Rock band formed in early 2018. We call our sound Percussive-Americana-Rock because it is based on Rene's creative 12-string playing style. Often you will hear people in the audience, usually other musicians, saying, " How is she doing that?"
We have added a "Tribal" sound as well with the use of the African Dun Dun drum on the newest single, “Doodlebug”. We have a full drum kit as well as a Percussionist adding that extra dimension of earthiness. 

 I wanted to write an environmental song that people would want to listen to more than once, “Doodlebug”, our latest single, is that song, an environmental song you can dance to!  It has that tribal earthy heartbeat, but speaks about other social issues as well.  

Although Rene has been playing solo for many years, the band, Rene Russell and the Bottom End, was created in early 2018, starting as a "Power Trio", which quickly evolved into 4 pieces. Adding a percussionist created a much richer, 'World Music' dimension to our sound.  We have a diverse palette when it comes to musical genres and styles, you will hear us mix reggae rhythms and jazz influences together in 1 song, you'll hear the tribal rhythms, as well as pop and alt-country styles in our music.

'Doodlebug' is the first song we used the African Dun Dun on and it marks the beginning of this new level of sound we are creating.

Her songs speak of her life experience and learning to live your truth. As she says;   “It takes Courage to make the Choice to Change your life and Live your Truth!”  The band’s performances are passionate, upbeat and moving with a little humor mixed in. 

Rene Russell- Songwriter, Lead Vocal, 12-string Guitar  ” It takes Courage to make the Choice to Change and live your Truth!”       - Rene Russell   Prior to 2018,  Rene Russell  was a solo performer who has been a part of many different music scenes from Nashville to San Diego, Atlanta to Austin, Texas, during which time she had the opportunity to share the stage with performers such as Indigo Girls, Tom Chapin, Jennifer Nettles Band, Danielle Howle, Michelle Malone and others.   2019- Chosen to write new song for   homelesstohope.org      & perform at their annual concert at the Gaillard Center in 8/2019.  2018 - formed  Rene Russell & The Bottom End, to play original music. October 18, 2017 - Rene Russell performed for  TEDxCharleston , at the  Charleston Music Hall. October 2016, -   won 1st Place - "Blast on the Bay Emerging Talent Showcase"  in Port St. Joe, FL   2015-  song "Who We Really Are" -winner of  "In Search of A Song",  Also  Women of Substance Radio  began regularly playing her songs and she performed at the  "30-A Songwriter's Festival"  in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.  2011/2012  -co - host for  BalconyTV Charleston/Behind the Scenes.     Owner-Change Your Brain Music, LLC

Rene Russell- Songwriter, Lead Vocal, 12-string Guitar
It takes Courage to make the Choice to Change and live your Truth!” - Rene Russell

Prior to 2018, Rene Russell was a solo performer who has been a part of many different music scenes from Nashville to San Diego, Atlanta to Austin, Texas, during which time she had the opportunity to share the stage with performers such as Indigo Girls, Tom Chapin, Jennifer Nettles Band, Danielle Howle, Michelle Malone and others.

2019-Chosen to write new song for homelesstohope.org
& perform at their annual concert at the Gaillard Center in 8/2019.
2018- formed Rene Russell & The Bottom End, to play original music.
October 18, 2017
- Rene Russell performed for TEDxCharleston, at the Charleston Music Hall.
October 2016,
- won 1st Place -"Blast on the Bay Emerging Talent Showcase" in Port St. Joe, FL
2015- song "Who We Really Are" -winner of "In Search of A Song", Also Women of Substance Radio began regularly playing her songs and she performed at the "30-A Songwriter's Festival" in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
2011/2012 -co-host for BalconyTV Charleston/Behind the Scenes.

Owner-Change Your Brain Music, LLC

Chris Blackwell- Producer, Arrangement, Drummer, Backing Vocals    Chris Blackwell is a writer, producer, arranger, master engineer, vocal teacher and multi instrumentalist with 35 years of experience. Though a native of Charleston, Chris has been living and working in New York and Atlanta producing, mixing and mastering music in various recording studios for the last 25 years. Happy to be back in Charleston, producing, mixing and mastering original music for local singer songwriters. Chris also plays drums and guitar live to help these artist showcase their music.

Chris Blackwell- Producer, Arrangement, Drummer, Backing Vocals

Chris Blackwell is a writer, producer, arranger, master engineer, vocal teacher and multi instrumentalist with 35 years of experience. Though a native of Charleston, Chris has been living and working in New York and Atlanta producing, mixing and mastering music in various recording studios for the last 25 years. Happy to be back in Charleston, producing, mixing and mastering original music for local singer songwriters. Chris also plays drums and guitar live to help these artist showcase their music.

 
Rob Nance- 5 String Bass, Backing Vocals    Rob Nance is a guitarist, Bassist and vocalist from the lowcountry. Rob is a former music teacher and received his B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from the College of Charleston. Rob has performed with various local bands over the last 30 plus years. However, he is most proud of being the father of two great sons. Rob is excited to be back on the Charleston music scene playing bass with Rene Russell and the Bottom End.

Rob Nance- 5 String Bass, Backing Vocals

Rob Nance is a guitarist, Bassist and vocalist from the lowcountry. Rob is a former music teacher and received his B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from the College of Charleston. Rob has performed with various local bands over the last 30 plus years. However, he is most proud of being the father of two great sons. Rob is excited to be back on the Charleston music scene playing bass with Rene Russell and the Bottom End.

Kris Manning- Percussionist    Kris Manning is a percussionist with over 35 years’ experience playing music. From rock, country and blues to classical and world,  That Girl Drummer  happily plays it all. Her background includes a Percussion Performance Degree from the University of Connecticut and Music Composition Studies from the Hartt School of Music. She has toured Russia with John Beck and 13 percussionists from the Percussive Arts Society. She has also studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens.  Kris specializes in hand drumming, drum set, orchestral percussion and mallet instruments. She currently gigs in Charleston, SC with various bands, the North Charleston POPS and co-owns Black Tie Music Academy, SC’s largest privately owned music school.  Co-Owner, Black Tie Music Academy Music Instruction & Instrument Sales   www.blacktiemusicacademy.com  Co-Founder, The Music Battery 501c3 Taking the Beat to the Street  www.themusicbattery.com  Artist:  www.feralcreative.com  Musician:  www.thatgirldrummer.com

Kris Manning- Percussionist

Kris Manning is a percussionist with over 35 years’ experience playing music. From rock, country and blues to classical and world, That Girl Drummer happily plays it all. Her background includes a Percussion Performance Degree from the University of Connecticut and Music Composition Studies from the Hartt School of Music. She has toured Russia with John Beck and 13 percussionists from the Percussive Arts Society. She has also studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens.
Kris specializes in hand drumming, drum set, orchestral percussion and mallet instruments. She currently gigs in Charleston, SC with various bands, the North Charleston POPS and co-owns Black Tie Music Academy, SC’s largest privately owned music school.

Co-Owner, Black Tie Music Academy
Music Instruction & Instrument Sales
www.blacktiemusicacademy.com
Co-Founder, The Music Battery 501c3
Taking the Beat to the Street
www.themusicbattery.com
Artist: www.feralcreative.com
Musician: www.thatgirldrummer.com