Sidestreet Reny & Lil’Bell are something, well, unique. He’s a beautiful guitar player, really squeezing every drop of soul out of that tinny, wild-sounding instrument with the metal pie-plate top. But he’s a helluva a singer and songwriter too. And he comes at it from his beginnings as a rap artist, so his songs tend to have a modern-zeitgeist, social-protest bent (lyrically...
Sidestreet Reny & Lil’Bell are something, well, unique. He’s a beautiful guitar player, really squeezing every drop of soul out of that tinny, wild-sounding instrument with the metal pie-plate top. But he’s a helluva a singer and songwriter too. And he comes at it from his beginnings as a rap artist, so his songs tend to have a modern-zeitgeist, social-protest bent (lyrically), coming at you through that gut-bucket, gut-wrenching ’30s resonator guitar sound that feels dirt-poor, mad and about 100 years old. It’s an odd mix. When Reny really gets going, he stomps his foot in a frightening, raise-twist-slap-down manner that makes you fearful he’ll break something (like his ankle). Reny’s wife, Lil’ Bell, really is lil’ (about 4 foot 11, and all of maybe 90 pounds). But she can play the drums like a ring in a bell and sing like a bird, the perfect accompaniment to Reny’s spare, brimstone performances. Somehow they manage to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.
Over the years Reny has traveled extensively and shared the stage with many acts such as A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Xanax 25, Bass and Trouble, Culver City Dub Collective, Paula Fuga and Ice Cube just to name a few and played at festivals and clubs throughout Scandinavia, Germany, and the U.S. Reny (aka J-sun or Jason Fine) has been featured on various international remixes and albums/singles including Brian McKnight - I Can't Go For That, Vanessa Williams - The Comfort Zone remixes, Inner Circle - Bad Boys remix and a string of European releases.
Reny has also accumulated an impressive back catalog of songs and recordings including 5 commercially unreleased cd's and Mp3's (available online only).
Self produced Releases:
Medicine Show (duo), 1996
The Demos (duo), 1998
the Road Less Travelled (duo), 2000
the Complete SSR & LB, 2004
Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers (trio) 2005
Breakbeat Blues (production), 2006
Not Seen the Light of Day (trio), 2009
Holler (duo), 2016
*New album release coming in 2019
Reny's Guest Rap Vocal Appearances:
Brian McKnight - I can't Go For That,1992
Vanessa Williams - Comfort Zone Remix,1992
Inner Circle - Bad Boys Remixes, 1991
Alagaami - Head to the Toe, 1993
Chaos - Chaos Rap, 1990