Rene Russell

The Bottom End

A native of South Carolina, Rene Russell has been dazzling audiences with her brand of percussive Americana/Rock for the past 30+ years from Nashville to San Diego, Atlanta to Austin, Texas.  Rene not only writes her own material, but performs it with the passion and precision only a dedicated artist is capable of. During her travels she has had the opportunity to share the stage with performers such as Indigo Girls, Tom Chapin, Jennifer Nettles Band,  and Michelle Malone.  

In Fall of 2017 Rene made the career changing decision to stop playing cover tunes and focus on her original songs.  To achieve her goal, she teamed up with Producer Chris Blackwell, to create her new sound with a “Power Trio” focused on Rene’s unique playing style.  The result:  Rene Russell & the Bottom End.

The new Single and Video were released on April 23, 2018 with the Premier show at The Windjammer on May 30,2018.   With support from Artist Formula, and Symphonic Distribution, she plans to release 2 more singles over the next few months, as well as tour regionally, securing slots in key venues as well as fairs and festivals. 

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Has been crafting her percussive, finger-picking style since she picked up the 12-string in 1972.
In 2011/2012 she was a co-host for BalconyTV Charleston/Behind the Scenes.
In 2015 her song "Who We Really Are" was winner of "In Search of A Song", that same year Women of Substance Radio began regularly playing her songs and she performed at the "30-A Songwriter's Festival" in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
In October 2016, she was selected to perform at the "Blast on the Bay Emerging Talent Showcase" in Port St. Joe, FL and won 1st Place.
On October 18, 2017, Rene Russell performed for TEDxCharleston, at the Charleston Music Hall.
2018 formed Rene Russell & The Bottom End, playing her original music.



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 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.