Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition

Ronnie Reno has had one of the most colorful, diverse, and distinguished careers in the music industry, Bluegrass and in general. He has toured as an opening act and band member for Merle Haggard; worked in the studio with Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, and Willie Nelson; and written hits for both Haggard and Twitty. He also spent several years singing with the Osborne Brothers, providing part of the group’s trademark harmony.

This lifelong journey in music began in Ronnie’s boyhood when he picked up the mandolin and joined his father—Don Reno of Reno and Smiley—on stage, often standing on a milk carton just to reach the microphone. Young Ronnie became a part of many of the act’s great recordings in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Ronnie now leads his own group—the Reno Tradition—a group that has kept alive some of the greatest sounds and moments of traditional bluegrass music. The current Reno Tradition lineup features Mike Scott on banjo, Jackie Miller on fiddle, John Maberry on mandolin, and Robin Smith on bass.

Ronnie has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. He has also served on the board of directors of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY and the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. With the Reno Tradition, Ronnie continues to travel the country and globe, bringing his deep-rooted bluegrass music to fans everywhere. Few families can boast the kind of accomplishments Ronnie has followed and enjoyed, and few entertainers carry such rich traditions forward to their audiences.

This artist appears in Jubilee #1408: Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition.