Rene Russell and the Bottom End is a 5 piece percussive, Americana-Rock band formed in early 2018. Their new sound focuses on Rene’s unique 12-string guitar playing style and her original songs, which she calls “Change your brain music”.
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. Their first Single and Video were released on April 23, 2018, the Premier show at The Windjammer on May 30,2018. They will be releasing more singles, as well as playing regionally, securing slots in key venues as well as fairs and festivals.

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.


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

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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.

Gordon Weest- Flugelhorn, Keys    Gordon Weest was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He studied music business and entertainment industries at the University of Miami. After graduating in 2014, he returned to the live music capitol of the world. As a multi-instrumentalist, record producer and engineer, his music takes many forms, and explores the evolution of electronic music in a contemporary setting.  Utilizing synthesizer and flugelhorn, he composes music and performs live, currently, in Charleston, South Carolina. His use of classical and jazz elements, as well as ambient sounds and programming, draws heavily on modern interpretations of popular music. He is currently performing with local projects, including Rene Russell and Chris Blackwell.

Gordon Weest- Flugelhorn, Keys

Gordon Weest was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He studied music business and entertainment industries at the University of Miami. After graduating in 2014, he returned to the live music capitol of the world. As a multi-instrumentalist, record producer and engineer, his music takes many forms, and explores the evolution of electronic music in a contemporary setting.

Utilizing synthesizer and flugelhorn, he composes music and performs live, currently, in Charleston, South Carolina. His use of classical and jazz elements, as well as ambient sounds and programming, draws heavily on modern interpretations of popular music. He is currently performing with local projects, including Rene Russell and Chris Blackwell.

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