Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition


Lee Theatre

41676 W. Morgan Ave, Pennington Gap VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

Ronnie Reno began his career in music as a boy, accompanying his father, banjo legend Don Reno, and the elder Reno’s duo partner, Red Smiley; in 1955 “Little Ronnie Reno” stood on a milk carton to reach the microphone in order to sing and play mandolin and guitar on the stage of The Old Dominion Barn Dance. He eventually joined the Osborne Brothers, singing harmony and playing bass with that duo for four years, before beginning an affiliation with Merle Haggard in 1973, during which time Ronnie toured and recorded with the country music legend as a member of Haggard’s band The Strangers. In 1975 Ronnie releasing his first album, For the First Time, on Haggard’s label at that time, MCA Records. In 1982 Ronnie left Haggard’s band and joined a band led by his father and featuring his brothers Dale and Don; the elder Reno soon died, and over the next dozen years the three brothers recorded several popular bluegrass albums as the Reno Brothers. Beginning in 1993 Ronnie began hosting a nationally broadcast television show on the Americana cable network. This show, “Reno’s Old Time Music Festival,” continues to be aired in millions of households over the RFD cable channel. In 2002 Ronnie released his second solo album, Portfolio, and 2015 saw the release of his third solo album, Lessons Learned. From the International Bluegrass Music Association he has received the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Broadcaster of the Year Award.

A screening of the "Reno and Smiley" film will be shown prior to the concert at 5:00 pm at no charge with ticket admission.