Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition (#1107)

The son of a bluegrass legend carries on the family tradition.

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Ronnie Reno, eldest son of the legendary Don Reno, began playing mandolin and singing with his father’s band at the age of 10, helping to create the signature sound of Reno and Smiley and performing on many of the group’s albums in the late 1950s and ’60s.

After 10 years with Reno and Smiley, Ronnie began working with the Osborne Brothers. That experience led to a stint as the opening act for country music superstar Merle Haggard. Then Ronnie followed his roots back to the sounds of bluegrass and formed the Reno Brothers Band. While touring the country and recording with that group, he also produced and starred in his own cable television show, Reno’s Old Time Music Festival, which won a Cable Ace Award for Best Musical Series.

Now, as the leader of Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, Ronnie pulls together stories from Reno family history and the things he has learned from all the legends he has had the privilege of playing and recording with over the years. The result is a high-energy performance with tight harmonies, driving instrumentals, and a stage presence that only years of entertaining can create.