Alternative Country-Rock & Roll Music
MEG Records Presents RENELE:
"RENELE' is an Americana/Country-Rock project the DiSisto sisters (Renee & Michele) have cultivated and released with their maiden CD 'INTERRUPTED' Filled with grass roots Rock & Roll and considerable Blues and Folk overtones; 'RENELE' offers a CD with some very melodic and infectious songs that hit you where a women lives.
Meg Records / Nashville
"Twins on a sonic journey – the sister duo showcase country/rock/Americana leanings and their songwriting musical chops – and does so with unbridled attitude, authenticity and passion. A bit of Bonnie Raitt meets Susan Tedeshi, a bit of Sheryl Crow meets Miranda Lambert.
This album took a little over six months to record enlisting the help of Renee's husband Tom MacLear (Rod Steward, Annie Lennox, Ry Cooder) to Produce, Record, and perform many of the instruments with Dave Pearlman (Fools Gold), Larry Zack (Jackson Browne) Bill Watts (Carlene Carter) amongst other SoCal Country Rock 'A' listers.
The Daily Ripple
Sisters Renee and Michele DiSisto separately are each pretty compelling musicians. Both attended Berklee College of Music and have each played in a slew of bands since, but it’s their debut together, going under the moniker Renele, where they prove just how strong they are combined.
Interrupted, their six-song first effort, is a solid mix of contemporary country, with elements of Bluegrass, Pop, Blues and plenty of solid rock. It’s the genre-be-damned approach that makes this record so enjoyable. From the fiddle on a track like “Why Come Home” and the telecaster twang on the closing track “Don’t Need To Take It Like A Man” give solid nods to Nashville, while the Eagles/Jackson Browne vibe on “He Loved Me With Those Eyes” keep this from being a run of the mill country record. Interrupted dips in and out of musical categories with ease.
Much like Sheryl Crow and The Dixie Chicks have managed to defy categories throughout their respective career, Renele offers that same fresh take on musical norms. They aren’t completely rewriting the rules but taking influences from enough disparate sources to make for a satisfying debut that manages to be both comfortably familiar yet refreshingly original..
September 2020, The Daily Ripple Review by Lee Zimmerman______
All of the songs pulsate with ringing electric and piercing slide guitars and the disc seems to really call out for a weeping country ballad which is sadly missing. Nonetheless, the strongest track is the one that most resembles a ballad, as it least begins that way, is “Why Come Home.” Not surprisingly it has released as a single with “He Loved Me With Those Eyes” as the other single. The lyrics to the former prove that the twins have the country approach well in hand – “Mama, I’m not getting/Married today/He done drunk his life away/What’s a girl to do/I gone packed up my truck/I could see those dogs /Staring at me in my rear view…” As Steve Goodman and John Prine wrote in “She Never Called Me by My Name,” it has the requisite references to drinking, trucks, failed love, dogs, ….just about everything but a train.
Lee Zimmerman, The Daily Ripple