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Born into a musical family, the quickly rising Lauren Reno is making her mark in Country music.  Reno  just dropped her first ever studio album, "Gold Rush" The Country singer co-wrote the title track song "Gold Rush" with her husband, Ben Reno, and Matt Borders, and the song is the kind of rootsy Country music that's helped her build a devoted fan base.

The idea of Gold Rush originated about three years ago and Reno knew she wanted to give this title to her debut album. Hailing from a gold mining town in rural Nevada,  her childhood experiences  lend interesting, unique stories to her songs. The headstrong Reno brings an authentic “badass” sound to her music and makes history as a woman  such experiences in her songs.

Reno drew on her father's backstory for the personal lyrics.  “The ‘Gold Rush' track is raw and honest because it’s close to home as Lauren really is a gold miner’s daughter and Reno says she "Wants to pay tribute to my heritage and upbringing."   Daughter of a gold miner of Cherokee Indian descent, Lauren grew up in rural Nevada in a family steeped in music. Her father, singer Eddie Dimock, was signed to Capitol Records in the early 1990s, and continues to perform regularly.   Lauren was raised on Country music such as Martina McBride, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash.     She spent her early 20's writing songs, performing wineries, honky tonks, and working long shifts at the local Gold Mine.

Reno describes  "Gold Rush" as “An old Western story that picks up notes from 90s country and outlaw country.”   The 90s country influences are due to the iconic Martina McBride, who has inspired Reno for several years.  The music video for "Gold Rush"  in which “a gold miner tells a true ghost story,” was filmed   with director Chaz Mazzota in her native stomping grounds. Shot in the old west town of Gold Creek Ranch, Reno, Nev., the clip is a slice of life for Reno. "The vibe of the video paints a true-to-life picture of gold mining and its history, the hard-working, blue-collar community and a culture that shares a mutual bond — a lifestyle that still exists," Reno states.

 

As well on the album the song "Hushed"  is beautifully communicated and "Sweet Marjorie" is a well-written love note to Lauren's grandmother with simple yet elegantly scored music, sighing steel guitar, murmuring keys, delicately played guitar, that shows off the nuance in Lauren’s voice. In contrast, "Gold Rush", is a panoramic portrait of the perils of gold mining.   The brutally honest lyrics hit hard and Lauren"s powerful voice adds credence to the hard-working lifestyle of a close knit mining community. Lauren makes unerringly emotional music about sad things. The pedal steel drenched "Don’t Think" is a hefty country ballad full of longing, regret, and desperate pleading for a love that cannot be revived.    

Reno’s husband, Ben,  helped he debut record come to life. “He saw my idea, and he really helped me get my songs to where I wanted them to be,” Reno has stated. “I’m definitely more of a lyricist than I am a melody writer and Ben’s a melody writer, so really, it’s a perfect little team here.”  Reno also notes that their relationship and closeness enabled them to push each other, in order to create the best work possible. Additionally, as her producer, Ben has mastered the art of blending a mainstream sound into Reno’s music, while staying true to her Americana style.  “Bottle’s Worth A Dime” simultaneously incorporates upbeat mainstream drumlines and a classic Country twang.

 

In 2015, Lauren released an acoustic EP, titled "Seasons" under her maiden name Lauren Dimock. Produced by Adam Palmer, Seasons EP has been featured in top playlists and performed regionally. However, these early demos were the start of something great which would spark a creative flow again after meeting Nashville record producer, her future husband, Ben Reno.  

 

Longstory short, Lauren and Ben ended up falling in love, having two beautiful children, moved back to Nashville, and continued their musical legacy together. Lauren and Ben are co-owners of Nashville's hit-making recording facility, Majestic Ape Studio which  is home to many established songwriters and artists.  

Over the pass decade, Lauren has been co-writing and tracking songs in the cracks of raising children, and running the studio.  

“My goal with this album is to just touch people like the music that has touched me,” said Reno. “The reason why I do this and I put this out there - you know, it’s a vulnerable place to be in - but it’s like, my story that I wrote about could be the one thing that one person needs to hear.” A truly inspirational Reno has definitely accomplished that already. 

 

Gold Rush" includes  11 songs, recorded in Nashville at  Majestic Ape Studio and Pentaverit Studios. Reno has described "Gold Rush" as an effortless record, stating it happened so organically and naturally.         

"Gold Rush" has that thing that good albums have: the ability to make you forget whether you just started listening or if you’re on your fourth time around.  Lauren Reno may still be in the process of introducing herself to her listeners, and still in her twenties, her career is still in its relatively early stages, but her songwriting has a resilience and self-assuredness that makes this debut full-length album all the more satisfying.

 

Influenced greatly by her Nevada upbringing, there is a compelling western vibe running through these self-penned romantic-themed songs with southern grit added to the mix when required. Lauren has entered a realm where singers like Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn and Martina McBride once reigned supreme.  We’re obsessed with Reno’s bold and gritty vocals and just as sure you will be too after listening to "Gold Rush".