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"Acoustic Minstrel" (2004)
13 Original  instrumentals and ballads on hammer dulcimer, guitar, dobro, mandolin, autoharp and bouzouki.
Including "Re-cycled Tin Man Blues"    

13 traditional yuletide tunes arranged on guitar, hammer dulcimer, dobro and mandolin, banjo and autoharp.  This is a great holiday CD that belongs in everyone's Christmas Music collection

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"A SPLENDID outing this CD: acoustic to the core, mellifluous, and yes, cohesive and pleasurable!"
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

"Russ has "a melodic voice with a light and easy tone  ... and the other instrumentals are terrific."
Radio 99.7 FM
Brisbane, Australia

"The music’s the thing on the CD, however, and I’m happy to say this one more than passes Gene Shay’s listenability test ..."
JOHN McLAUGHLIN /  The Digital Folk Life .Org (click text  for full review)
Click CD cover to hear samples from the CD
and/or purchase from CD BABY
Click CD cover to hear samples from the CD
and/or purchase from CD BABY
"Russ Rentler has produced a fine recording that   showcases his many talents."  Sing Out!
"Scarecrow's Lament" (2006)
11 new ballads and 3 instrumentals
arranged on the usual plethora of stringed instruments. Contains "New Car Smell" aired on NPR  and "Scarecrow's Lament."
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"a beautiful range of
finely-crafted gems."    David Dircks Acoustic Cafe  St. James, NY
"Scarecrow's Lament is a CD I can whole-heartedly recommend to anyone who enjoys folk music; songs based on real emotions and experience that are backed with expertly executed instrumentation."
Connie Phillips
"he combines the whimsical, humorous and profound with a deft touch that leaves even the casual listener wanting more. If you give this album more than a casual listen, you will be rewarded a thousandfold." N. Rossiter  Rambles
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New Release "Way To Emmaus" (2009)

13 tracks with 11 original songs and 2 instrumental hymns arranged on a large variety of acoustic instruments. The songs highlight Russ' journey back to the faith of his childhood.

"As topically rich as it is catechetically gentle comes the new roots based and Celtic styled folk CD "Way to Emmaus" by tiber-jumping medical doctor and medical missionary Russ Rentler. Soundly Catholic and expressing themes seldom touched by today's standard "praise and worship" fare Russ combines his personal blend of humour and story telling pathos to bring listeners a unique devotional experience that holds up well on repeated listening."    Owen Swain  Ontario Catechist
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