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 â€œAcoustic Minstrelâ€ made it into the list of top CDâ€™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.
Scarecrowâ€™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, â€œScarecrowâ€™s Lamentâ€ has won honorable mention in the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. NPRâ€™s Car Talk just featured â€œNew Car Smell,â€ another track from this CD.
â€œHe is a gifted songwriter as well as fine musician.â€ SingOut Magazine 2004
â€œThere is a sweetness and sincerity that cannot be manufactured and it thrives
in Russ Rentlerâ€™s music. This is a man in love with music and making music and it shows.â€ The Museâ€™s Muse
Check out the artist's website:
1. Prairie Dog Exodus
2. Scarecrowâ€™s Lament
3. Crossing The Tiber
4. Waltzing Amelia
5. Moravian Street
6. Fool For a Doctor
7. New Car Smell
8. Nobody's Fool
9. Black Friday
10. One-Eyed Grandma
11. Farewell to Whiskey
12. Room of Tears
13. The Way Things Might Have Been
14. Be Thou My Vision