The Reneaus

The Reneaus

 Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
BandRockAmericana

Distant familiarity, driving rhythms, walls of major/minor 7th chords, lilting vocals with haunting imagery

Biography

The Reneaus are a six-member country/rock/americana band out of Nashville via Bowling Green, Kentucky. Propelled by the songwriting and voice of Ashley Cooper Winn, her band of family members envelops her compositions with unique arrangements and shifts to complement her lilting voice and the dreamy, haunting imagery of her lyrics.
Ashley has been writing songs since she was a child and it was one winter in a cold, old house where she and her cousins, Steven and David Page, starting putting a full band's sound behind her songs. That same winter Warren and Layne Guyer, who would fill out the sound with stand up bass and violin, were introduced to the band. Practices evolved into recording sessions at Steven and David's Bowling Green home where their first album, Room for Roses, was recorded, with space heaters and fleece blankets playing a large, but uncredited role.
Eventually, Ashley was even able to convince her husband, Jon, to join the band, lending keyboard and organ The Reneaus sound.

Their most recent album, The Season, was released in May 2013, was recorded on 2" tape, produced by Jeremiah Nave and The Reneaus at Sidekick Sound Studios in Nashville TN, and was mastered by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, Damien Jurado, She & Him, Songs: Ohia) in Omaha, NE.

"The Season, I dare say, has the perfect level of this distant familiarity; a product that successfully blurs the lines between country, rock, classical, psychedelic, pop, blues, and jazz...an Americana album...and in spite of this, is laden with countless twists and turns that one simply does not hear/see coming." -John Thompson, The Amplifier

"Easily one of my favorite records that Ive worked on, and Ive worked on a few." -Doug Van Sloun, Focus Mastering (Bright Eyes, Damien Jurado, She & Him, Songs: Ohia)

"Sparse and haunting, somewhere between Americana and dream-pop." Jeffrey Sweeney, SKYeMag Magazine

"How often do we get to hear new music so authentic and compelling?" - Roger Murrah, Senior Vice President, Bug Music, Nashville, TN

Since the release of their latest album, The Reneaus have been working to establish themselves around the Nashville indie music scene by playing shows at venues such as The Mercy Lounge, Exit/In, The End, and The Basement. Mike Grimes, owner of Grimey's New & Pre-loved Music took note of the band when they played "New Faces Night" at The Basement in July 2013. Grimes promptly booked the band for Grimey's 2013 "Americanarama Music Festival," in September where they shared the stage with Billy Bragg, The Autumn Defense, Daughter, and The Dexateens.

"(The Reneaus) are my favorite new local band that I've seen in 2013." - Mike Grimes, Owner of Grimey's New and Pre-loved Music and The Basement, Nashville, TN

The Reneaus were also fortunate to have been selected to be a part of the Red Bull Sound Select family, playing with Machines Are People Too at Exit/In in September 2013. Other notable acts that The Reneaus have shared the stage with include Jason Isbell, Malcom Holcombe, and The Kentucky Headhunters.

Lyrics

Fools

Written By: Ashley Cooper Winn

I have killed a red bird
I have read the red words
I have messed around
Fools trying to take me down

I have been a thief in the night
I have broken out all the light
You'll find me in the lost and found
Fools trying to take me down

My head caught a hint of it
My heart caught the scent of it
My mind put a spin on it
Fools trying to take me down (2x)

Fools trying to take me down

Without a View

Written By: Ashley Cooper Winn


Guided by feeling
I burn my face in the wind
I have tried to see it my way
Wound around this lonely highway
now I'm stuck here in a room without a view
I still believe in you

Shake off all the rust
Watch me turn to dust
I have tried to see it your way
My reflection in the doorway
All I see is red and black and blue
I still believe in you

I'll tell you something tragic
They all believe in magic
They tried to tell me that we're through
I still believe in you

Talking heads spin around
See them breaking new ground
I have tried to see it their way
Up and down a spiral staircase
and I wonder why I'm so confused
I still believe in you

The Season

Written By: Ashley Cooper Winn

I can see you sleeping
I can see you deep in a dream
Wandering
I can hear you weeping
I can hear you creep in between
Wandering

Oh the season
You've been under
There's no reason
I should wonder
All your skies feel
Rolling thunder
And the water is washing over the bridge

I can feel you breathing
I can feel you, oh you're leaving me
Wandering
I can't see the light through the shadow you cast
I can't see the light through the dark of your past tragedy
Wandering

Oh the season
You've been under
There's no reason
I should wonder
All your skies feel
Rolling thunder
And the water is washing over the bridge
over the bridge
over the bridge
over the bridge

What You Need

Written By: Ashley Cooper Winn

Everybody
Hanging around
They dressed us up like paper dolls
Then they put us down
We were only playing
But the records wouldn't spin
So we went down to the corner store
To start again

The words that hung
The words that hung
The words that hung
What you need

Cigarettes on the pavement
But nobody knew a thing
And the moon went dancing to the other side
When the wind would sing
Your hand was brusied
It made you real
To feel that way
Was a losing deal

I'll bite my tongue
I'll bite my tongue
I'll bite my tongue
'Til it bleeds

Drift Away

Written By: Ashley Cooper Winn

Hey, how long must I wait
I see you standing inside the city gate
All wrapped up in song
Right where you belong
I drift away

Hey, did you orchestrate
the line between here and a handful of fate?
The first sign of spring
when you start to sing
I drift away

Hey, a house full of hate
It ain't what I begged for but it shoots me straight
The heart of the sky
The heart wonders why
I drift away

Hey, well I hope I'm not late
What choices did I have? Devote or debate
I need you more
than some sandy shore
I drift away

Discography

The Reneaus - The Season - 2013

The Reneaus - Room for Roses - 2011

Set List

- 45 min. - 1 hour set
- all original songs