Trent Romens is a 20 year old Blues-Rock guitarist, singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. He has been fronting his own band for only two years. Within the first two years he played 13 Festivals (including 2 headlining festival sets!), opened for Everclear, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Gales and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and his debut album, Aware, made it onto the Grammy Entry List for Best Blues Album.
Following in the footsteps of some great blues pioneers before him, young guitar-slinger Trent Romens is stepping off their beaten path to blaze his own trail. With an electrifying stage presence and a deeply personal style, the breakout newcomer is winning over an impressive string of audiences.
Trent began playing guitar at a very young age. When he was just eleven, his father introduced him to blues music. Since then, Trent absorbed himself in the blues and the music the genre has inspired. Trent’s greatest influences are the artists that have proven their music to be timeless, and whose songs hold great weight: the lyrics of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, the improvisational spirit of the Grateful Dead, and the scorching guitar grooves of the The Allman Brothers Band. “I respect the music that has come before me,” says Trent. “It’s through these influences that I’ve learned: what goes in comes out. I pour myself into my music. It’s who I am.”
By the time he was 13, Trent was making appearances at weekly blues jams and getting noticed by the pros. Soon, Trent was being invited to perform with some of the Twin Cities’ most respected musicians including Wain McFarlane, Barbara LeShoure and Willie Murphy.
Now 20, Trent is bursting onto the music scene with a breakthrough solo CD and a headline show backed by some of the area’s best talent. In fact, he is on the Grammy Entry List for Best Blues Album with his debut album, Aware. This is the first step on the path to being nominated. Aware is an exceptional effort in songwriting, singing and fiery guitar playing. The maturity of his songwriting is impressing a lot of music professionals, including two-time Grammy winner, Kevin Bowe, “I hear strong, soulful vocals-much cooler than the radio is lately!”
Trent’s passion spills over to the audience during his live performances. “He plays from the heart,” says Elijah Blue, Trent’s first jam session leader, who has witnessed Trent’s rapid rise from jam session favorite to headline star. “Every time he plays, he plays something fresh and new. There’s an excitement there that’s captivating.”
Surrounded by a depth of musical influences and exposed to many more while playing with the greats, Trent’s music is a hybrid of rock, blues and soul. His sound combines an avalanche of styles with an emotional outpouring that injects the blues with a modern-day youthful attitude. Trent continues to discover his own unique and powerful sound. His natural stage presence is spell-binding and his music has the ability to absorb the audience.