Russ Rentler | Escaped the Tide

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Escaped the Tide

by Russ Rentler

Original songs and instrumentals on a plethora of traditional Appalachian stringed instruments in the American Folk tradition
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hassen's Creek
2:35 $0.99
2. Escaped the Tide
3:52 $0.99
3. Clouds
3:05 $0.99
4. Story of My Soul
2:57 $0.99
5. No Stoppin' or Standin'
3:19 $0.99
6. More Than Time
3:32 $0.99
7. Matters of the Heart
2:41 $0.99
8. Le petite voix
1:56 $0.99
9. No Tears in My Teardrop
2:59 $0.99
10. Valley of the Shadow
4:05 $0.99
11. I Go 'Round
3:37 $0.99
12. Nazareth Pike
4:03 $0.99
13. Claire
2:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is my first CD release in almost 8 years. I have found once again, that a stressful and all-consuming medical practice makes Russ a very dull boy. In November 2017, I left my day job for good and have gone into the studio to write some new tunes and finish editing and tracking others that have layed dormant in the dark digital world of a rarely used hard drive on an out-dated recording computer. Without the fear of my beeper going off in the middle of a take and a good night's sleep, I re-discovered my passion for recording and writing music. ( It has been almost 4 months and I still have the phantom beeper syndrome- a sensation of vibration originating at the site on my right hip where I carried my beeper for 30 years.)

I used my life-long collection of acoustic stringed instruments to create new tunes and ballads of unrequited love, moonshine, romance and the eternal pursuit of the transcendent.
The 13 songs include three instrumentals and 10 original ballads. Some old timey style with clawhammer and fiddle, others with alternate tuned guitars with sparse instrumentation. I used hammered dulcimer, cello, fretless bass and fiddle together for what I call "symphonic folk" in another track. Another track is bluesy as I have always had a thing for the blues since highschool.
Some of the songs have been banging around in my head for decades but were never put on tape including 3 that were written in my early college years at Moravian College where I met Doug Anderson, John Gorka and Rich Shindell (Yeah, shameless name-dropping here) and played with them as the now legendary Razzy Dazzy Spam Band
Other songs were fresh off the press, inspired and energized by my new found gift of time and a good night's sleep. My biggest joy of making this CD was having my youngest son Benjamin provide drums on 2 of the tracks. It was difficult to get him stateside as he has been living in Japan for three years so these tracks were done during a few precious but infrequent visits back home.
Music has always been one of the greatest gifts I have had in my life and it is my hope that I can transmit some of that joy in these songs. Thanks for listening!

Technical Stuff:
Most of the instruments were recorded with stereo mic placement using close micing techniques with AKG condensers and panning widely in the mix. Vocals were recorded with a Rode large diaphragm condenser mic.
Minimal if any equalization or processing was used as I wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the sound of these instruments, though some reverb was added to give a more live sense to the performances. Sonar Cakewalk was used as the DAW. Final mixes were mastered via the LANDR on-line mastering algorithmic software. Use good headphones or earbuds when listening to appreciate the stereo imaging of the instruments!

Instruments Used on This CD:
1960's vintage Brazilian rosewood Martin Employee dreadnaught . My neighbor gave this to me!
1920 Martin A style mandolin (I played this with the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band in college)
1990's Martin OM-21, 2002 Martin OOO-15 S, 1994 Martin D41, Flatiron F style mandolin,
Weber mandola, garage-sale fiddle, Chinese cello found on Craigslist. 2011 Martin Koa Tenor ukulele. Old piano accordion, harmonica, trap set. James Jones Hammered Dulcimer, Open back banjo, 1930's National Steel guitar, OMI Dobro, fretless electric bass, telecaster electric guitar, and mountain dulcimer.



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Joe Cooney

The Tide is in and I am Loving It
I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing Russ Rentler when he performed at Susquehanna Folk Music Society Coffeehouse concerts. And now I have the pleasure of reviewing Russ’ Escaped the Tide CD.
Escaped the Tide is an impressive and varied collection of tunes composed and performed by Russ. These songs range from traditional folk and old-time to contemporary folk to blues. Russ includes vocal compositions and a few instrumentals as well.
Similar to his live performances, the playing is masterful. I was surprised to learn that Russ plays nearly all of the instruments on this album – very well played indeed! The vocals are somewhat subdued which lends a personal and honest touch to the overall song presentations. The song topics cover the spectrum from simple observations (which I love) to complex and philosophical.
Highlights for me:
• The 3 instrumental cuts: Le Petite Vox, Claire, and Clouds are great showcases for Russ’ composition and instrument mastery. All are wonderful.
• No Stoppin’ or Standin’ - Love the composition and the simplicity. This one impressively strings a sequence of observed highway signs into a beautiful and entertaining song. The song construction reminds me of Lucinda Williams’ Too Cool 2B4 Gotten.
• Hansen’s Creek – This is a very traditional old-time cut that tells an amusing story.
• Nazareth Pike – Russ presents a somewhat autobiographical tribute to Martin Guitars.

I had this on my car player for a trip a few weeks back and just cannot stop listening. Congratulations to Russ on a great CD! I highly recommend it.


Pennsylvania folk
Am really enjoying this album- Hassan's Creek is my favorite. A variety of instruments that are sweet to the ears, and great melodies/lyrics. Can hardly wait to hear him perform this live.