Bluegrass 1963: Don Reno & Red Smiley

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Bluegrass 1963: Don Reno & Red Smiley

13.98

These performances come from two legendary VHS tapes that have been sought out for years. Thanks to Ronnie Reno, this wonderful material has been combined onto one DVD, with the addition of some songs & tunes that were not included in either of the prior VHS tapes. Like the recent Flatt & Scruggs DVDS that have come out on Shanachie/CMF, this is a most welcome treasure for those of us lucky enough to have seen this great band in its prime, and a revelation to those who know Reno & Smiley's music but never got to see them, either in person or on their legendary "Top O' The Morning" daily TV shows in Roanoke, Va. in the early 60s. There are 20 songs & tunes on the DVD There are the fine renditions of their classics like I KNOW YOU'RE MARRIED, I'M THE TALK OF THE TOWN, LOVE PLEASE COME HOME and I'M USING MY BIBLE FOR A ROADMAP. And-hold on-a guest spot from none other than THE STANLEY BROTHERS!: to see and hear Ralph & Carter singing IN THE PINES with a railroad track setting behind them sent chills up this listener's spine. Ralph then joins Don Reno for a twin banjo workout on HOME SWEET HOME, and and the Stanleys join Reno & Smiley's full band on a great OVER IN THE GLORYLAND. Other notable tracks include NINE POUND HAMMER (also with the Stanleys), DOWN YONDER, FISHER'S HORNPIPE, WHISPERING HOPE and PANHANDLE COUNTRY.

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