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Renegade (Canada) - 2017 The Story Of My Life

ARTIST: Renegade (Canada)
ALBUM: The Story Of My Life
LABEL: Renegade Sounds
YEAR: 2017
SPONSOR: Renegade Productions/Jim Buckshon


LINEUP: Marty Sippola - vocals * Geraldo Dominelli - guitars, backing vocals * Jim Buckshon - bass, keyboards, guitars, drums * Paul Minshall - backing vocals * Keith Scott - lead guitar, rhythm guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Wasn't Meant To Be * 02 Don't Want To Think About It Anymore * 03 The Story Of My Life * 04 Joy * 05 Window Shopping (For A Lover) * 06 It Wasn't Meant To Be (Reprise)


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Vancouver band Renegade have been featured at GDM in the past. We have to wind the clock back to well over a decade to find their two articles in our database, but to make it easy for you, just click on the tag below. The Renegade Sounds label has issued nine releases thus far, including the most recent - being the Zingo album from last year. The catalyst behind the band and the record label is producer and musician Jim Buckshon, who returns with three of the guys who played on those first two Renegade albums: singer Marty Sippola (ex Wiseman), guitarist Geraldo Dominelli and keyboardist Paul Minshall (ex Darby Mills and the Unsung Heroes). Bryan Adams guitarist Keith Scott also appears here, and it's probably due to his connection with Jim and the aforementioned band Zingo that his participation was guaranteed.

The Songs
Now, before I start, there are only six tracks here. The style on display here isn't what we've heard previously from Renegade. No comparisons can be made to 80's heroes Loverboy or other Canadian legends of that style. 'The Story Of My Life' is a plesant blend of classic rock fused with a country crossover sound. This is apparent from the first track 'It Wasn't Meant To Be' which displays acoustic and slide guitar elements. 'Don't Want To Think About It Anymore' wins the prize for longest song-title of 2017, and continues in the same vein as its predecessor. If you were rockin' up to some bar out on the Western Prairies, then you might encounter a band playing this style. The title track 'The Story Of My Life' adds more melodic ingredients to the mix, plus some edgy lead guitar from (I'll guess) Keith Scott who is listed on the credits to this song. Scott also appears on the next track 'Joy', which again leans more to the rock side of the highway, but things return to pastoral fare on 'Window Shopping (For A Lover)'. If Renegade are attempting to build a hybrid country rock profile, then it's working! The closer is a reprise of the opener 'It Wasn't Meant To Be', which is less country-sounding than the first version we heard.

In Summary
The music here is not quite rural Tennessee. How about rural Alberta instead? Still, these blokes are out there playing what appeals to them in the here and now. I'm not quite sure the country rock direction is where they will find success, but if it's just about playing music for the fun of it, then I would say 'mission accomplished'. As mentioned, it's not the version of Renegade we remember from those first two albums, but worth a listen in any case.

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