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Clear the Way

by Kevin Renick

This is Kevin Renick's most personal album yet, a song cycle about loss, restlessness, change and travel (literal and metaphorical) reflecting the influence of weather, the symbolism of trains and Renick's two musical heroes, Brian Eno & Neil Young.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prologue: The #5 Dreamtrain Arrives at the Station Late, And Damaged
11:51 $0.99
2. Promise Man
5:02 $0.99
3. Girlfriends
4:41 $0.99
4. Rescue Them
4:07 $0.99
5. Grateful (In Memory of FWH)
4:09 $0.99
6. If We Can Keep Dancing
3:39 $0.99
7. Fast and Off
4:02 $0.99
8. Different Without You
4:52 $0.99
9. These Things Happen
4:47 $0.99
10. Mousie Goes Scampering
3:27 $0.99
11. Just Movin' On
5:21 $0.99
12. Bites
7:44 $0.99
13. Bites 2: The Ever Lingering Mood
3:43 $0.99
14. Clear the Way
10:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
St. Louis-based singer/songwriter Kevin Renick first garnered international attention for his evocative theme song for the Oscar-nominated Jason Reitman film Up in the Air, featuring George Clooney and Anna Kendrick. The song touched listeners both young and old, and was called "one of the 5 best movie songs of the year" in 2010 by no less than the UK's Empire Magazine. Renick went on to release four CDs, accept a commission for an original song about farming and agribusiness for a Missouri-lensed documentary called In the Interest of National Security (that song, "Ballad of the American Farmer," won "Song of the Month" in January 2016 from the Akademia Music Awards), and to perform concerts throughout the region featuring a distinctive mix of folksy originals and classic rock covers. One of Renick's side projects, "Shakey Deal," is an authentic Neil Young tribute band which some in St. Louis have called "the best tribute band I've seen." This reflects Young's substantial influence on the singer and his uncanny ability to channel him at will.

But Renick's primary focus is composing original songs, most of which deal with the enduring themes of the search for love, the passing of time, the challenges of growing up in a changing world, and the importance of nature, conservation and ethical concerns in today's society. Renick has penned over 240 songs to date, including internet favorites "Figure Out," "Goodbye Typewriter" and "The Box It Comes In." Renick's brand-new CD, CLEAR THE WAY, is a reflection of three turbulent years that saw him experiencing the loss of a beloved relationship and the deaths of two close friends. It includes a lengthy Eno-influenced sound collage ("Prologue"), a stream-of-consciousness funk workout ("Promise Man"), a romantic waltz ("If We Can Keep Dancing"), a sassy rocker about life at two speeds ("Fast and Off"), the heartbreak songs "Different Without You" and "Bites," and a country-flavored classic called "Just Movin' On" that features two members of Springfield's The Skeletons (now both deceased), Brian Capps on upright bass, and the only recorded guitar solo by Kevin's childhood friend Rick Haegg. Renick says this album was the "most difficult and challenging of his career so far." The Riverfront Times' Thomas Crone wrote that Renick is "The rare person who experiences a soul-renewing lightning strike, one who's busy keeping the good will flowing. Even as his lyrics often reflect a somber or sobering perspective on the human experience." If you like your music personal and emotionally authentic, you'll find Renick's unique style to be unforgettable.



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