Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition (#1408)

Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition, led by the son of Reno and Smiley’s Don Reno, bring the brilliance gleaned from years of playing Bluegrass to the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. A KET Production.

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For years, Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition have consistently brought the brilliance gleaned from years of playing Bluegrass to the stage. The group’s Jubilee appearance, recorded at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival, is no exception.

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. For fans of deep-rooted, traditional Bluegrass, Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition’s Jubilee performance is one that shouldn’t be missed.