Russ Rentler | Scarecrow's Lament

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Scarecrow's Lament

by Russ Rentler

From former bandmate of R. Shindell and J. Gorka has produced a collection of 11 original new ballads and three traditional instrumentals tastefully arranged on open-tuned guitars, hammer and mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, bass,
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Prairie Dog Exodus
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2. Scarecrow’s Lament
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3. Crossing The Tiber
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4. Waltzing Amelia
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5. Moravian Street
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6. Fool For a Doctor
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7. New Car Smell
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8. Nobody's Fool
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9. Black Friday
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10. One-Eyed Grandma
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11. Farewell to Whiskey
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12. Room of Tears
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13. The Way Things Might Have Been
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14. Be Thou My Vision
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Album Notes
Russ started playing stringed instruments with his first ukulele in 5th grade purchased with S+H Green stamps in Dover, NJ. After a brief stint in heavy metal bands in his early high school years, he discovered bluegrass which led to a life-long love of acoustic music. At his first night at Moravian College, he met John Gorka where they were both playing at an open mic. They soon formed the now legendary Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band and were joined the following year by Rich Shindell on lead guitar. Throughout all four years of college, they played in the Lehigh Valley centering on Godfrey Daniel's and the south side of Bethlehem, PA.
After college, Russ went to medical school and John and Rich went on to well-deserved fame and glory in the folk music world. During his medical training, Russ continued to pursue his passion of acoustic music and picked up hammer and mountain dulcimer, fiddle, Dobro, autoharp and bouzouki. He also started building hammer dulcimers and uses his own instrument on stage.
His debut CD “Acoustic Minstrel” made it into the list of top CD’s played in April 2004 on folk radio stations and has garnered several positive reviews.Two tracks from this CD have won awards in national song writing contests.

Scarecrow’s Lament, his latest release, is a collection of 14 tracks of pure acoustic enjoyment. 11 of the songs are ballads that Russ wrote that tell the tepid tales of a misanthropic scarecrow, impaired physicians, reluctant pontiffs and the true story of how his Grandma lost her eye and he got her violin. Some songs are knee-slapping funny and others are quite moving. There are also 3 instrumentals tastefully arranged on bouzouki, hammer dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin, and fiddle. One tune uses a total of 118 strings! (This guy has way too much time on his hands)
The title track of this new CD, “Scarecrow’s Lament” has won honorable mention in the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. NPR’s Car Talk just featured “New Car Smell,” another track from this CD.

“He is a gifted songwriter as well as fine musician.” SingOut Magazine 2004

“There is a sweetness and sincerity that cannot be manufactured and it thrives
in Russ Rentler’s music. This is a man in love with music and making music and it shows.” The Muse’s Muse



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Fred Gilmartin

A great CD, very entertaining and musical
I thought the CD was a very good listen. Lot's of interesting stories and the title track "scarecrow's lament" is a fantastic song in all aspects. I also really enjoyed Room of tears, Black friday and Moravian street. The muscianship on the CD is first class and there is a lot of mandolin and bouzouki.

Jim Colbert

Proves Gorka and Shindell weren't the only talent in RDSB
Scarecrow's Lament marks multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Rentler's most matured and polished work to date. With Scarecrow, Rentler (a one-time member of the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, with John Gorka and Richard Shindell, as well as Doug Anderson) has raised the bar for his own writing. Standout tracks include the delightful title track, the flat-out humour of New Car Smell and a haunting revisiting of the traditional Be Thou My Vision. Recommended!

Karen Wilt

Lively, heart appealing, toe tapping, happy music that tells a story
The words keep you really listening because they're stories and you want to see how they end; the music is entertaining, lively, heart touching and leaves you feeling happy. I'm no expert but this music has made me a fan of a style I didn't even think I liked.

Vince Gentilcore

Evocative, touching, pure feeling and all in one package...
A cornucopia of delightful songs from the sublime to heartfelt reality, takes you from smiles to tears and back again, re-creating memories of the past and present times that we can all somehow relate to...Scarecrow's Lament evokes a variety of emotions and makes one feel connected to the lyrics as you float on the lovely acoustic melodies from a host of stringed instruments.