Trent Renshaw's music is rooted in his influence. He is currently leading his own jazz trio, Trent Renshaw Trio; performing with Gypsy jazz quintet, The Derailleurs; and Nashville recording artist, The Hello Strangers. Please check out all of these wonderful projects by scrolling this page for examples of their work.
trent renshaw trio
In 2012, longtime friends Trent Renshaw, Ken Bussey and Matthew Lewis began performing instrumental jazz as "Trent Renshaw Trio". The three musicians had worked together with other bands, but the trio they've formed has become something musically unique. Their performances include interpretations of jazz classics, translations of modern popular music, and their own original compositions. The trio has a wonderful command of their evolving musical repertoire, but their personal communication through the music is what makes them such an entertaining group. Each song to emotionally swells and recedes with the movement of the arrangement, and the three performers feed off one another creating a joyful experience that is most certainly felt by their audiences. Drawing influence from the journey of playing an instrument and performing together, the three members also pull inspiration from what they feel is greatness in jazz past and present, artists like: Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, Keith Jarrett, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Medeski Martin & Wood. Check out the EPK for even more information.
The Derailleurs are a guitar led quintet born out of the passion to perform the Hot Jazz of Europe and the Americas of the 1930s & 40s. The joyful music of Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other era performers/ arrangers come to life in raucous, high-flying, soulful performances. The group features: Dwayne Brooke (The Woodshedders) , Ken Bussey (Ginada Piñata), Jacob Smith (The Woodshedders), Randy Ball (Hard Swimmin' Fish), and Trent Renshaw (The Hello Strangers). Through the music, The Derailleurs will take you to another time and bring a smile to your face!
the hello strangers
The Hello Strangers were born out of the Austin, Texas music scene in 2006 when sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace wrote their first song together, entitled “Pregnant in Jail.” Based on true events, it was a preamble to a string of original tunes the pair crafted in a little cottage off South Congress Avenue. Soon, however, the mountains of Pennsylvania beckoned the girls back north, and so they packed up their lives, dogs, and Larissa’s husband and returned to their two-stoplight hometown.
The move has since proven to be a boon for the duo. The sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can create. Timeless imagery and fables are at the core of each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter or a man gone wrong.
The sisters are supported by a dynamic and talented trio: Spencer Pheil on lead guitar, Trent Renshaw on drums, and Tom Hoy on bass.