The Reno Brothers

Reno Brothers Ronnie, Dale, and Don Wayne bring a rich family legacy to bluegrass music as sons of the legendary banjo player Don Reno. They showcase their extraordinary instrumental and vocal talents in a Jubilee performance recorded at the 1998 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.

This artist appears in Jubilee #313: The Reno Brothers.