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Reno Jack -- Rootstime Review HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  

TRANSLATED from Google --- http://rootstime.be/ Review by Eric Schuurmans

Reno Jack "The Bear" from Toronto, Canada, is Rootstime no stranger, because he was the producer of the latest albums of stadsgenote Sunday Wilde ("He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" - 2014, "Hey Digs Me" - 2014 Both albums are reviewed by Rootstime). Reno singer Jack is bassist and rockabilly musician and very well known in the Queen Street scene in Toronto.
Reno Jack worked with numerous other musicians together as ao Mike Van Eyes, Russ Young, Rocky Craig, Cadillac Bob Handsome Ned, Jimmy "Demic" Weatherstone, Steve Koch, Chris Houston, Pat Temple, King David, Johnny MacLeod and recently Cadillac Bill and Kim Doolittle.

In the past fifty years, Jack Reno to hear more than twenty albums, but only now he releases his first solo album "Lightning Fried" from. The album is a mix of blues, country, honky tonk, and R & R. Jack is helped on the album by Watermelon Slim (harmonica, dobro), Johnnie Lovesin, Robert Hughes and David West (guitar), Rusty McCarthy (bass, guitar, mandolin, keys) and Janelle Frost (piano).

The album features ten original songs and five (favorite) covers. At his favorites hear the country rocker "Trying To Get To You" which was sung by Elvis in no less than five versions, Arthur Alexander's Hawaiian song "Baby This Baby That" Handsome Ned's "That'll Be The Love" Johnny Lovesin's "Slow Dancing" (with Wild in the choir Sundy) and the relaxed "Such A Funny Little Thing" Herald Nix. Nix opened with Jack once a concert of "The Clash". The stories that Jack in his original songs will be no ordinary stories, but facts, events and situations (eg. Internet or additives). Jack put a mission because he wants us to think so.

Jack opens with a solid blues rocker "Lightning Fried", a story about the destructive power of a tornado, where the chickens in the air flying. "Say Self" is a country blues song, which Jack someone points the door. Watermelon Slim confirms the extensive action on harmonica. In "Salt" does Jack rocking a suit against the evil influence of salt in the human body. His advice is "Come on, shake it up, do not do it ..." "20th Century Song" is a quiet folk shuffle, with a long and morals "Bo Buddy" is mi Jack's ultimate tribute to Bo Diddley? Water Smart echoes on dobro fun along the choruses, while Johnnie Lovesin soloot on guitar .. The country songs "Blue Ball Boil" and "Daddio" Jack holds the world up to the light and especially the weaknesses of society. The slow blues "Gee Oogle It Baby" is also an indictment. An indictment of the Internet and its impact on our world. Johnnie Lovesin on guitar and harmonica Slim colors this song. The rocker "All atwitter" is another good example, because Jack pokes fun at all the virtual Twittering. Jack closes after nearly an hour and fourteen songs album with a final series of reservations in the last slow "For A Little While". Watch his voice, it would be that of compatriot Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits can be.

Reno Jack is a man lives by. You hear (what people have a voice that man!) And feel in his songs. Jack is a man with a message and it is time that we listen again to his wise words! For what Reno Jack "The Bear" dry but witty says in his songs, often are the things that we ourselves no longer see or hear ... Highly recommended!

HWY 11 TOP TEN Most Original in the CBC Searchlight UPNorth Contest 

We had a fun Easter weekend listening to 106 contestants in the Up North Area for the C.B.C. Searchlight Contest. It took about 15 hours of listening and discussions and developing a point system, based on originality of lyrics, dynamics and production. The panel of judges consisted of press, musicians, producers and music fans. In May, 3rd, 2nd and 1st winner will be announced. The winner will be awarded a :
  • $100 gas card (sponsored by Hwy 11 Records),
  • Three month subscription to JamBox (sponsored by Hwy 11 Records)
  • PRO Annual Account to Musicians Atlas (sponsored by Musicians Atlas)
The following is listed alphabetically and not in order of 1-10

Here are their CBC Searchlight Links so you can continue to vote and listen in and show them some luv and encouragement.

We wish the continued success of all the artists in the contest, a tricky business which takes many skills, and we hope that this is one form of encouragement to continue to share the music with the world.
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Reno Jack Lightning Fried Press Release  

PRESS RELEASE April 15 2015
Hwy 11 Records launches Reno Jack the Bears debut CD Lightning Fried

Having played on numerous recording projects across the past five decades, Reno Jack has now launched his first recording on Hwy 11 Records. This collection of ten originals and five covers showcase his favorite subjects and genres.   

The originals cover his favorite subjects of history, events and situations. The title track “Lightning Fried” is a quick blues rock tune narrating the horror that a  tornado can wreak on land, with amazing chicken like harmonica.  “Salt” is a rock and roll tune, and a story of how the additive can affect the body.  “Gee Oogle It Baby”  a slow city blues tune tackle the internet influence on modern life. “20th Century” is a folk song narrating just that. “Blue Ball Boil” and “Daddio”, both country songs, take a look at the world, society’s foibles. “For A Little While” a jazz piece speaks of the period of time when love is rich before it sours.
Musicians from the United States Watermelon Slim (multiple WC Handy Awards on Dobro and Harmonica), Robert Hughes (Teeny Tucker Band on guitar) and Janelle Frost (piano) have joined Canadian musicians Rusty McCarthy (Mary Margarent O’hara on numerous instruments) Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo on drums), David West (on guitar), Shelley Coopersmith (on violin) Johnny Lovesin (on guitar) and Sunday Wilde (on backup vocals) to help bring the music alive. The engineering team was spearheaded by Rusty McCarthy and included Gary Vincent (Clarksdale Soundstage and grammny nominated producer for Charlie Musselwhite) for Watermelon Slim tracks, Terry Brooks (Alabama) for Janelle Frost and Cary Dachtyl (Ohio) for Robert Hughes tracks.

"I had the pleasure of working with Watermelon Slim here in Clarksdale MS at the Clarksdale Soundstage. We were overdubbing Slim's contribution to Reno's new CD. In these days where the market is filled with tons of the same old re-hashed crap, it was refreshing to hear something so original. Reno's songs are the real deal. I can't wait to hear the finished masters". Gary Vincent, Clarksdale Soundstage

It’s been said Reno possesses a voice of barbed wire wrapped in velvet. He employs shades of Rock and Roll, Country and Western,  Folk , Honky Tonk and Rhythm and Blues woven into his own style accompanied by dry witted lyrics in an effort to provoke thoughtful thought. He has played with numerous artists along the way such as Handsome Neds out of the Toronto Rockabilly scene, Herald Nix, and the Corndogs.

Nathan Norgel from Wasser Prawda in Germany says of the new album, “From Cowpunk the 80s and 90s can be heard now, however, less: Rather you can already hear some wisdom of old age in Reno songs. Yes, Jack Reno has to offer both: Country Western, as well as blues, folk, and some jazz can be heard. But most of all he is a great storyteller and usually relaxed, with the "Lightning Fried" a great album succeeded.”

This album can get one safely down the road without a speeding ticket, road rage or a mishap by keeping the listener cool calm yet refreshed amused and alert.  A true driving record.

Radio Downloads can be made at Airplaydirect > http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/renojackthebear/
Pre-order on Itunes > https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lightning-fried/id977875947?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Hard Copies are available for sale at > indiepool.com/RJ2015
Hard Copies are available for RADIO by request. Email: hwy11records@gmail.com

Review of Lightning Fried - Reno Jack the Bear 


First Review from Wasser Prawda in Germany


In the last 50 years, Reno Jack has already played on several boards. But only now he released his first album. "Lightning Fried" (produced by Jack Reno, Sunday Wilde and Rusty McCarthy), is a mix of blues, country and rockabilly, where the songwriter, inter alia by Watermelon Slim, Rusty McCarthy, Robert Hiughes and Janelle Frost is accompanied.

Cutting rough and gentle at the same time that voice comes from. And the stories told Reno Jack are not the everyday radio fare (not even at Country or Blue stations on the Internet): It's about the madness of the Internet age, as well as to the effects of salt on the human body to the destruction, which can cause a tornado like to fads of today's society. Reno Jack wants to stimulate thinking. And he does so with his songs in any case.

In between, he plays on "Lightning Fried" even some of his favorite songs, like "Trying To Get To You" by Elvis, Arthur Alexander's "Baby This baby That" or Herald Nix '"Such A Funny Little Thing". With the latter he had played in the 80s rockabilly and even opened a concert of The Clash in Vancouver.

From Cowpunk the 80s and 90s can be heard now, however, less: Rather you can already hear some wisdom of old age in Reno songs. Yes, Jack Reno has to offer both: Country Western, as well as blues, folk, and some jazz can be heard. But most of all he is a great storyteller and usually relaxed, with the "Lightning Fried" a great album succeeded. (Hwy 11 Records)

Nathan Norgel from Wasser Prawda

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