2014 Nominee – Rock Album of the Year – 24th Annual LA Music Awards “Every Now and Then”
Upon graduating from Syracuse Univeristy in 2001, John Renaud returned to his home state of Vermont to pursue his interests in music. It was there that he recorded his first demo album titled “Hero’s Welcome” in 2002. The demo earned him encouraging reviews in Northeast Performer, Seven Days, and substantial airplay on the local alternative station.
In 2003 John Renaud moved to Los Angeles, CA where he soon became a regular in the Hollywood open mic circuit, and performed solo shows consistently.
Bridgework began taking shape in 2005 when John paired up with drummer Scott Witzenburg. They played their first show at Michael’s Pub in North Hollywood on October 14, 2005 with Casey Hamilton on bass. In 2006 the lineup was complete with Erik Kutzler on bass, and Jack Sparks on guitar. Together they performed numerous shows throughout the Los Angeles area and began work on the first official Bridgework release “World Disappears”. The EP was released on February 26, 2008.
Despite enormous effort, the EP failed to gain them any real traction locally or beyond. Jack’s working life continued to keep him out of state, so the majority of Bridgework’s 2008 shows were played as a 3 piece. Later that year, Erik announced that he was moving out of California, and not long after Scott decided to do the same.
John continued to perform solo acoustic sets throughout 2009 and 2010, which included a brief tour of Santa Cruz, New York City, Burlington VT, Richmond VA, and Austin TX. He also recorded the “No Turning Back” digital EP which was released in December 2009.
In 2011, John ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for recording a full length Bridgework album. The campaign was successful and he spent the remainder of 2011 and majority of 2012 working on the record. “Every Now And Then” was released November 20, 2012. John recorded, mixed, and produced the album by himself. He continues to promote the album and the Bridgework name.