Keep on Talkin'
Jeannie Reno is a curious mix between an urban street urchin and a throwback to the Wild West. Hailing from the multicultural ghettos of Minneapolis, she's spent the last several years traveling around the country in her truck, playing music, holing up in whatever small towns she can get work in, and leaving a trail of broken hearts in her wake. She wrings every drop of experience into her music and belts it out with good nature, and emotion. Jeannie started out playing the violin at nine years old, and got her first guitar at eleven. By the time she was fifteen she'd joined a band called Glass that played to audiences of gutter punks and other young, lost souls that lurked around Minneapolis in those days. The band recorded at the legendary Funkytown Studios, but far from being funky, Glass had a dark, gothic ambience that sounded much more disturbing than typical teenage angst. Jeannie played guitar, wrote the group's songs and sang them like an operatic demon howling from the bottom of an emotional black hole. At the age of eighteen, she was playing guitar and singing lead vocals for a blues/rock band called The Buzzwreckers, who played weekly gigs at a popular live music bar in the West Bank neighborhood in Minneapolis. Thanks to the Buzzwreckers and a fake I.D., she got her first taste of life as a professional musician. In her own words, 'The happiest moments of my life are playing shows, drinking free whiskey and watching people dancing, laughing & having a good time, and knowing that I'm helping to create that.' Over the next seven years she worked on solo recording projects, played many bars, cafes, college radio shows, parties and the like, and has even provided musical accompaniment for a touring shadow puppet theater. Aside from singing and playing guitar, she also plays violin, banjo, accordion, and piano. Somewhere along the way, she began to be influenced by Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, and Jim Jones, and her current music reflects this. She deals with themes of love, sorrow, poverty, violence (both observed and experienced first-hand), vengeance, God, and the Devil. Despite this cornucopia of bleak themes, she somehow manages to make it all sound like fun during her live shows. She can play for hours, maintain musical proficiency, and turn a crowd of normal people into a raucous, whooping, foot-stomping mob. Jeannie is one of those rare talents that can plunge into the dark depths of her soul to redeem all the horrors of human existence through music. She eats chaos and anguish for breakfast, transforming them into the kind of passion that makes life worth living.