The Reno Brothers (#411)

Three brothers bring their family’s musical legacy to Jubilee.

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Without question, the Reno Brothers bring a rich musical heritage to bluegrass music. Brothers Ronnie, Dale, and Don Wayne Reno, sons of the legendary banjo player Don Reno, showcase their extraordinary instrumental and vocal talents in a Jubilee performance recorded at the Fifth Annual Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival in Hyden, KY.

While the Reno Brothers play much of their father’s music from the 1950s, when he performed with Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups, they also add elements of their own style, including acoustic swing and bluegrass with complex vocal harmonies.

Ronnie, the eldest brother, played guitar for four years with the Osborne Brothers and for eight years with Merle Haggard. Mandolin player Dale was influenced by rock ’n’ roll from the 1960s and ’70s, while Don Wayne’s banjo and lead guitar hint of rock, blues, and straight-ahead country music.