JT Reno

JT Reno

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JT Reno's music hits straight to the heart. Original songs on the CD-Lights of Home are motivational and inspirational. JT Reno’s vocal talents bring these songs to life. JT plays a blend of music for every musical taste. The USO has accepted JT for touring.

Biography

JT Reno learned the ropes behind the scenes as well as
the excitement of being in front, on center stage, as a band director, back up vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and lead singer. JT had opportunities to tour with Country bands and front bands himself. JT gained valuable experience on the road touring, wearing different hats, which taught him to be well rounded in the nature of this business & the commitment it takes to get the job done, and done right.

JT discovered early on, that his true passion is music.
As a kid in Colorado, JT took guitar lessons from the popular and talented Mel Bay, and he said, “While taking guitar lessons, music spoke to my soul”. You will hear JT’s beautiful, rich tenor voice and hear for yourself how this singer can sing any style of music and sound amazing.

The doors opened for JT, and soon he was introduced to Pete Bordonali, a successful musician and producer. Bordonali is a veteran musician who has played guitar on many major recording sessions, including hit artists like Barbara Striesand, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Barbara Mandrel, and so many others. Pete worked with JT and produced his current “Lights of Home” album at Bayou Studios, in Nashville, TN.

Prior to coming to Nashville, JT was part of a Christian Rock group featuring all original music, in Tucson, Arizona. The music had a message with practical advice for everyday living, inspired by the messages found in the Bible. The music Rocked and was followed by thousands of people weekly! JT moved on to becoming the band director for a new church in Central Tucson where he loved sharing God’s message through contemporary music.

JT had the privilege of singing with his friend and Pastor Toby Newnum, a very talented songwriter, singer and performer. Toby generously offered for JT to use, record, and perform many of his songs. Some of those songs had become the foundation of JT’s “Lights of Home” album." Lights of Home” is a mix of Southern Country Rock, traditional Country, and a couple of R&B songs to add some change to the mix.

While promoting the cd, a Sony/BMG producer in Poland picked up one
of the songs off the album, “Howdumdooya,” and it was distributed in Europe in a CD called "Country Tour 2". JT is featured alongside such greats as Johnny Cash, Lynn Anderson, Willie Nelson!

JT was also invited on a USO tour by the Armed Forces Entertainment Group, and he’s ready to go and share the music across the country!

The Artist Development Network is proud to represent JT Reno,
a dedicated and talented singer and musician!
For more information or for bookings, contact:
Cathy Lemmon (615) 320-0777 Artist Development Network, Inc.

Lyrics

Lingered

Written By: Toby Newnum

Lingered

I’m kickin’ myself, I’m rackin’ my brain
Tryin’ to, side step the consequences comin’ my way
Wasn’t lookin’ for trouble, didn’t mean to do wrong
I just lingered, a little bit to long

I just wanted a peek, to catch a little drift
Ya know an itty-bitty taste of how the other side lives
Came time to sk’daddle, it had a grip to strong
And I just lingered, a little bit to long

Common sense it called my name but I wouldn’t turn my head
Wisdom left my brain, I turned into a loaf of bread
I walked out on a limb, and the devil grabbed a saw
And I just lingered, a little bit to long

INSTRUMENTAL

So take a little tip, some well-intended advice
Before you’re straddlin’ that yellow line with headlights in your eyes
Son take the high road, or sing the same sad song
And I just lingered, a little bit to long
And I just lingered, a little bit to long
And I just lingered…a little bit to long

The Two Inside

Written By: Toby Newnum

The Two Inside

There inside of you, not one but two reside
One always tell the truth, the other always lies
The true one warms my heart, the liar causes pain
I guess the hardest part, is that you both look the same

You can’t go on as two, one will someday die
Your life will stand for truth, or be nothing but a lie
I pray that soon someday, the sun will hit your eyes
And you’ll decide you hate, the one inside who lies, oh

Your tears will not disguise, and your words will all be true
When I can look into your eyes, and know it’s really you

INSTRUMENTAL

There inside of you, not one but two reside
One always tell the truth, the other always lies
I pray that soon someday, the sun will hit your eyes
And you’ll decide you hate, the one inside who lies

Your tears will not disguise, and your words will all be true
When I can look into your eyes, and know it’s really you, oh

INSTRUMENTAL – FADE OUT

Lights Of Home

Written By: Toby Newnum

Lights Of Home

Eight hundred hay bales, like to kill me,
We hauled ‘em in and, beat the rain
Cows are fed now, done with the milkin’
And I’m walkin’ up the lane
Frogs are croakin’, my body’s achin’
I’m almost there now, lo and behold
Sweet smells a floatin’, means suppers waitin’
And I can see the lights of home, see the lights of home

As a young boy, I rode my pony
In the mornin’, we’d leave the farm
In the hot sun, he walked so slowly
Every step away from the barn
On the way back, in the night time
Lord I held on or, I’d get thrown
Cuz ol’ King ran, fast as lightnin’
When he could see the lights of home, see the lights of home

I remember, an old blind man
He used to walk on down my road
Cars and trucks would, fly on past him
Punish him with dust and stones
But his pace showed no fear inside him
His cane clicked like a metronome
Lord his faith, became his eyes
And he could see the lights of home, see the lights of home

Instrumental – Fade out

There Is A Reason

Written By: Toby Newnum

There Is A Reason

There was a time all of us were searchin’
There was an emptiness we felt deep inside
There was an answer that came while we were hurtin’
There was an enemy who tried to keep us blind

There is a book that tells us all we need to know
There is a spirit guides us as we live
There is a hope that carries us when we are low
There is a father who always will forgive

There is a neighbor who still feels the emptiness
There is a brother who has fallen way behind
There is a child who doesn’t seem to have a chance
There’s a deceiver who wants to keep them blind

INSTRUMENTAL

There is a confidence knowing that God loves us
There is fulfillment and purpose everyday
There is a joy, in life that covers us
There’s clear direction that shows us the way

There is a reason to get up every mornin’
There’s an obligation to stand and fight the fight
There is a battle and we must run toward it
There is darkness and we must shine the light

There is a reason to get up every mornin’
There’s an obligation to stand and fight the fight
There is a battle and we must run toward it
There is darkness and we must shine the light
There is darkness and we must shine the light

HowDumDooYa

Written By: Toby Newnum

Howdumdooya

Howdumdooya…Howdumdooya…Howdumdooya think I am
I said Howdumdooya…Howdumdooya…Howdumdooya think I am

Well she walked through for the eighth time, blockin’ the TV
She was tuggin’ on her waistline, she turned and looked at me
She said “Honey tell me honestly, do I look fat in this”
I said “What, you kiddin’ me babe, just the opposite” Oh

Howdumdooya, howdumdooya, howdumdooya think I am
I said Howdumdooya, howdumdooya, howdumdooya think I am

Well I stopped in to Jerry Bob’s just to grab myself a bite
Well this great big dude was carryin’ on, he was lookin’ for a fight
I whispered to the waitress, “Man that guys an ignoramus”
He yelled at me “Boy what’d you say?”
I said”No hablo ingles, senior”

Howdumdooya, howdumdooya, howdumdooya think I am

Got the good book got the spirit, got that feelin’ in your gut
And the good Lord who will teach you just a little bit more each day
Then you can see what’s comin’ way before it bites you in the butt
If your always willin’, to learn from your mistakes

INSTRUMENTAL

Well, down at the Walgreens, last Thursday after work
I ran into this old flame, she had on my old shirt
We hugged Hello by the cough and cold, she squeezed my kinda tight
I said, “Well I best be goin’” went straight home to my wife

Howdumdooya, howdumdooya, howdumdooya think I am
I said Howdumdooya, howdumdooya, howdumdooya think I am
I said Howdumdooya think I am (2X)

Since I Found You

Written By: Toby Newnum

Since I Found You

I know that I have found the answer
I know everything you say is true
I’m no longer flyin’ round like a feather in the wind
Since I found you, I found you

So many years I spent a wanderin’
So many times I missed the truth
So many things have finally fallen into place
Since I found you, I found you

I know why it took so long to find you
My selfish pride had made me blind
You set me free, now I can see
That you were right beside me all the time

Everyday I pray that you will help me Lord
Every night I thank you that you do
Everything that’s mine is really yours I realize
Since I found you, I found you

INSTRUMENTAL

I know why it took so long to find you
My selfish pride had made me blind
You set me free, now I can see
That you were right beside me all the time, and I…

Thank you for the hope and clear direction
I thank you for a life that’s all brand new
I thank you for the day I finally left my foolish ways
And I found you, I found you
I found you, I found you
I found you, Oohh

Last Straw

Written By: Toby Newnum

The Last Straw

Have a load upon my back a burden no one see's
My spine is bowed and cracked and there's a tremblin' in my knees
How long till I falter, remains yet to be seen,
I'm waitin' on the last straw to finally set me free

Holdin out the sun, holdin' back the tears,
Holdin my tongue now, goin' on ten years
I let go of it all, when that sky rips at the seams,
I'm waitin on that last straw to finally set me free

And I know, Oh Lord I pray
When I lay this burden down I hear you say
Way to go, my child well done
Come into your rest my good and faithful son

INSTRUMENTAL

Dreams locked deep inside oh their tearin' through the tape
Pullin' off the blindfold, Wantin' to escape
If I just go along, you can put the blame on me
Just say it was the last straw, and finally I'll be free

And I know, Oh Lord I pray
When I lay this burden down I hear you say
Way to go, my child well done
Come into your rest my good and faithful son

Na na na, na na na na………………

Good Time To Pray

Written By: Toby Newnum

Good Time To Pray

There was a blonde haired girl in a red Corvette; she pulled up on my right
With a glance I note the way she’s dressed, as we wait for the light
And I can feel the tension, of havin’ her so near
Temptation like a Corvette engine roars inside my ears Oh
I can’t let a girl who lacks discretion, leave upon my mind, a lastin’ impression
I cant run the red light Lord, so I can’t run away
This might be a good time, a good time to pray

Later two guys in a four-wheel drive, they cruise up on my left
I hear their gansta rap; I see their truck stop caps, sideways on their heads
I can feel the pressure as they cruise along beside
Then one flips me a gesture and I don’t mean that he waved “Hi” Oh
I can’t let my anger and frustration, cause me to lift my finger in retaliation
I know I’ll never catch them, they’d probably whoop me anyway
This might be a good time, a good time to pray

Sometimes it seems no matter where I go
There’s trouble to the right and to the left
One thing that I have come to know, I can’t handle trouble by myself
If I may give you some advice, when trouble comes to you along your way
Brother don’t you think about it twice (no, no)
It might be a good time, a good time to pray

INSTRUMENTAL

Now later on I’m cruisin’ home, not another car in site
I got a good song on the radio and the sun is shinin’ bright
A peaceful home a waitin’ for me just around the bend
With a lovin’ family happy to have daddy home again oh
The troubles of the day so far behind me
You were there each time I prayed, and that reminds me
I realize, I have not yet thanked you yet today
Well this might be a good time, a good time to pray
Well It might be a good time, a good time to pray

Still Letting Go

Written By: Toby Newnum

Still Letting Go

Well the new job’s workin’ out, it’s just amazing
I’ve found my calling that’s for sure
And Tucson in the summer, well it’s hotter than blue blazes
But I guess I will endure

And when I close my eyes I can almost hear that, train whistle blowin’
On the railroad tracks that run behind the house
I can almost smell the blossoms of the blueberries growin’
I can almost taste them in my mouth
I know I haven’t written’ many letters, I’m not one to pick up the phone
So if I seem a little distant, I want you to know, I’m still letting go

I’ve been watchin’ all the news to catch the weather
I know your needin’ rain back home
And with the harvest comin’ on, I’m glad to hear that dad feels better
Now ma make sure he takes it slow
I know I haven’t written’ many letters, I’m not one to pick up the phone
So if I seem a little distant, I want you to know, I’m still letting go

And I’m not second guessin’, the reason I said yes and
Chose to move so far away
And I know with time, it’s gonna be just fine but, I still have my days

I’ve been learnin’ how to live on this traffic island
How to bloom where it never rains
Everyday I thank the good Lord for everything that he’s provided
I can’t lie about the pain
I know I haven’t written’ many letters, I’m not one to pick up the phone
So if I seem a little distant, I want you to know, I’m still letting go
If I seem a little distant, how I love you so, I’m still letting go

BlueBerry Blues

Written By: Toby Newnum

Blueberry Blues

They say a man found his thrill, on Blueberry Hill
Well a thrill I could use, cuz I got the blues
I got the Blueberry blues
I’m stuck on my pickin’ machine, in an ocean of green and blue

All my old friends, livin’ in town
Are wonderin’ when, I’ll be comin round, if they only knew
What I’ve got to do
Just tell ‘em this guy can be found ridin’ high but feelin’ down and blue

INSTRUMENTAL

I love my woman, but sometimes she cries
She don’t understand why, I can’t look in her eyes
Their so blue, about the color of big ol’ Jersey Blue
Well it’s over for me, these berries are buryin’ me in blue

Fill up the lug, fill up the skid
Fill up the flatbed, and start all over again, it’s all that I do
I’ve got the Blueberry blues
Well now here I go, row after row after row after row, feelin’ blue
Till all of these bushes are clean
I’m stuck on my pickin machine, and I’m…
Feelin’ blue

Hobo Joe's

Written By: Toby Newnum

Hobo Joe

Took a ride thru Scottsdale and I started getting’ sleepy
So I thought I’d grab a cup at Hobo Joes
Went inside and found a stool right up by the counter
And the waitress looked and smiled and said “Hello”

There was an old guy sittin’ there on a stool next to the wall
And he looked to be a man of little wealth
With his tattered coat and whiskey chin, the way he loved that chili
Well he almost looked like Hobo Joe himself

The waitress brought my coffee so I stirred it for a while
To cool it down enough to take a sip
When I told her “Thank you” she said I could show my gratitude
By leavin’ her a big ten-dollar tip

Then I started laughin’ cuz I knew that she was jokin’
And the kind ol’ man well he was laughin’ to
I looked at him and then I said, “How you been?
Tell me, how’s the world been treatin’ you

His smile left his face yet his eyes they were still warm
He looked at me as he put down his spoon
Then Hobo Joes got quiet on that busy Friday morn’
As he answered my question with this tune

He said, this world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ thru
Treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue
Angels beckon me from heavens open door
And I can’t feel at home, in this world anymore

INSTRUMENTAL

The little man knew he didn’t have to say no more
The message in his little song was clear
He finished up his chili and he shuffled out the door
But I think about him every time I hear
That this world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ thru
Treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue
Angels beckon me from heavens open door
And I can’t feel at home, in this world anymore

O Lord, you know, I have no friend like you
If heavens not my home, then Lord what will I do
Angels beckon me, from heavens open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Higher N' Higher (Ruthies Song)

Written By: Toby Newnum

Higher N’ Higher (Ruthies Song)

I’ve been readin’, from my bible
About a promise yet to come
And I easily, have decided
That it’s one of, my favorite ones (it says)

Someday that sky is gonna open
Someday that trumpets gonna sound
Someday we’ll find ourselves a floatin’
Higher n’ higher up above the ground

I must admit I, don’t know the details
About what lies behind, life’s final door
But to be absent, from the body
Is to be present, with the Lord

Someday that sky is gonna open
Someday that trumpets gonna sound
Someday we’ll find ourselves a floatin’
Higher n’ higher up above the ground
Higher n’ higher up above the ground

INSTRUMENTAL

I’ve got, some old friends
And they have, crossed the line
Sometimes I get to feelin’, oh so lonely
Cuz they’ve left me, here behind

Someday that sky is gonna open
Someday that trumpets gonna sound
Someday we’ll find ourselves a floatin’
Higher n’ higher up above the ground (4X)

Discography

"Lights Of Home" 2008
Lingered
Since I Found You
The Two Inside
Lights Of Home
There Is A Reason
HowDumDooYa
Last Straw
Good Time To Pray
Still Letting Go
Blueberry Blues
Hobo Joe's
Higher N' Higher (Ruthie's Song)
All songs are on Arizona's Pure Country Radio
HowDumDooYa is featured on CD in Europe on Sony/BMG

Set List

Typical set list consists of combination of originals from the CD, originals from the band members, along with a mixture of blues, Country Fried, and classic rock such as Marshall Tucker, CCR, Etc.
There is enough material to play for a minimum of 3 hours consisting of approximately 80 songs.
While in Sturgis during the 68th Anual Bike Rally, the band played from 5:00p in the afternoon to 12:30a for 10 days straight and still kept em' wanting more.
I also like to get the audience participating.
A typical set is 45 minutes long with a 15 minute break.
Songs that we typically do might be:

Fast As You
*The Two Inside
Danny’s Song
*Hobo Joe’s
Baby Want’s To Ride
Which One
*Lingered
The Chair
*Lights Of Home
Neon Moon
*HowDumDooYa
Seminole Wind
Call Me The Breeze
Keep Yer Hands To Yourself
Check Yes Or No
*Since I Found You
*Good Time To Pray
Blueberry Blues
Can’t Ya See
Help Me Make It Thru The Night
Never Been To Spain
Fireman
*Higher N’ Higher
Amarillo B