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Music Greats Join Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter
and Journalist Jamie Reno on His Latest CD

"All American Music," A Musical Road Trip on 33rd Street Records,
Features Some of the Greatest Names in American Popular Music...


San Diego, California - If the name Jamie Reno sounds familiar, it should. You've probably read his award-winning work in Newsweek for the last decade. Reno, a veteran Newsweek national correspondent who is currently covering the 9/11 investigation as well as the Iraq war's impact at home, is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose fourth CD features an array of music greats playing with Reno on his songs. But in addition to the new record, which is already receiving nationwide praise, it is his personal story that helps make Reno's new release so remarkable.

Appropriately titled "All American Music," the new CD's inspiration was Reno's own battle these past seven years with cancer. A celebration of life and music, "All American Music," which will be released nationally on Jan. 27, 2004, features all-new material from Reno, now in remission, and appearances from Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan / Doobie Brothers), Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers), Randy Meisner (Eagles), Charley Pride, Suzy Bogguss, Jerry Donahue (Hellecasters), and more.

"I recorded these songs over the these past two years mostly at night, after covering some pretty heavy stories during the day," says Reno. "This record is a road trip, an emotional American journey, and it's an honor to work with so many musicians who've inspired and influenced me over the years."

Engineered by 2003 Grammy nominee Bernie Torelli and co-produced by Reno and music veteran Josquin Des Pres (Bernie Taupin, Young Dubliners), "All American Music" is filled with well-crafted, bittersweet songs written by Reno, whose melodic music has been featured on NBC network and nationally syndicated television shows and who recently won Best Song at the San Diego Songwriters Guild Awards. Fulfilling Reno's lifelong dream of recording his own acoustic traveling songs with many of his musical heroes, "All American Music" will be available at every Borders, Tower Records, and Barnes & Noble store nationwide on Jan. 27, 2004; a major CD release party and concert is scheduled for Jan. 30 at the downtown San Diego Borders store, and more will follow.

33rd Street Records, a burgeoning California-based label that also recently signed rock legend Peter Frampton, among others, will accompany the release of Reno's
"All American Music" with a major national media and publicity campaign. Dedicating a portion of his proceeds from the record to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Reno is an example of a well-known national figure who's courageously battled a deadly disease and turned the experience into something he hopes will entertain and inspire.

For more information and the latest updates on "All American Music," go to www.towerrecords.com, visit Reno's website at www.jamiereno.com, contact Jamie directly at 858-467-1070, or jreno@san.rr.com, or contact Jules Westreich at 33rd Street Records, at 916-371-2800.


What they're saying about "All American Music"


Lyndon Stambler, People magazine: "I recommend listening to "All American Music" on a car stereo because it works best as a road album. This is Reno's world and it's deceptively simple, just as you'd expect from an Iowa boy who moved West. He never lost that shrewd Midwestern wit. His songs are well-crafted, and there's a sweetness about this album, but it rocks. Reno lifts our spirits with his beautiful melodies and lyrics. Some would call "All American Music" heart felt. I'd call it gut felt. This record gets an A."

Richie Furay, founding member, Poco and Buffalo Springfield: "Reno is an awesome songwriter, a wonderful storyteller. When you listen to the songs on "All American Music," it's just like you're his best friend, ridin' down the highway with him as he pours his heart out to you. Great musicians, great songs."

Kyle Munson, music critic, Des Moines Register: "Reno's music, which winningly combines bittersweet nostalgia with great melodies and smart and breezy guitar arrangements, is steeped in both modern country and 70s acoustic rock radio. You'll get completely wrapped up in his universal stories and longing dreams."

Kenny Rankin, singer-songwriter: "Jamie's music is wonderful. His songs have a lot of hope and spirituality. There's so much Americana and humanity in his work."

Marc Harris, Taylor Guitars: "All American Music" touches on a variety of formative influences - ’70s singer-songwriters, honest C&W, classic rock, old-time bluegrass, and folk - and spins them all into a gentle and nostalgic fabric. It's a wonderful travelogue. Its soulful, back-porch songs offer the perfect antidote to these troubled times.

Jack Tempchin, songwriter (Peaceful Easy Feeling, Slow Dancing):
"All American Music" has a great feel. Jamie has written some very nice songs, and I really like his lyrics. This record is easy to listen to, and the guitar work and musicianship are beautiful. I hope it reaches a very large audience."

Bob Tedde, lead singer, Rockola: "Jamie's music is heartfelt without being overly plaintive, sappy or preachy, and that's a balancing act most songwriters don't manage very often, if at all. In Jamie's music there is power through innocence. I feel a Brian Wilson comparison coming here."

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, lead guitarist, Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers: "Jamie is a great songwriter. He reminds me a bit of an old friend of mine, John David Souther. There's sadness in Jamie's tunes, but they're not angry. They're very melodic."

Pam Johnson, writer, Orlando Sentinel: "I love this record. It's sweet and personal and intimate - a highly original work with very interesting storytelling in every song. It must have been a cathartic experience for Reno to get this out of his system and on record."

Andrea Zonn, violinist/vocalist (Vince Gill, James Taylor): "All American Music" is a great album. Jamie has a wonderfully inviting voice, and the songs are terrific."

Dan Bennett, music critic, San Diego North County Times: "Reno's songs have a refreshing perspective. They're spirited, easy to go with and universal. His songs are creative, inspiring, and as musically diverse as they are lyrically enticing."

Steve Seskin, #1 Nashville songwriter (Grown Men Don't Cry, Don't Laugh At Me): "I really enjoyed Reno's 'All American Music,' especially 'The Road,' featuring Dickey Betts (of Allman Brothers fame). I love the feeling this song evokes. Very cool. The entire record has a real nice vibe to it."

 

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