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Ronnie Reno Celebrates 60 Years of Music with New Album

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Ronnie Reno: Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- Ronnie Reno, whose musical talents helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, celebrates 60 years in entertainment with the release of his new album, Lessons Learned, due in stores on March 17, 2015. The first single release, “Lower Than Lonesome,” hits airwaves today.

Lessons Learned is the perfect album title for the two-time IBMA honoree and “Bluegrass Music’s Youngest Old-Timer.” Over the past 60 years, Ronnie Reno has had one of the most colorful, diverse and distinguished careers in the music industry—the lineage of which is a study of both traditional Country and Bluegrass music history. His musical talents have provided the foundation for a long list of seminal performers in both genres, including Reno & Smiley, The Osborne Brothers, Merle Haggard, The Reno Brothers, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and many others. As a songwriter, his music was cut by artists such as Vassar Clements, Sammi Smith and Merle Haggard, and his song “Boogie Grass Band” was a pivotal #1 smash hit for Conway Twitty.

As an award-winning television producer, his show Reno’s Old Time Music Festival was the first nationally-broadcast show featuring Bluegrass Music, earning him a prestigious Cable Ace nomination and the nickname “The Dick Clark of Bluegrass.” His new show, Reno's Old Time Music, airs in prime time on Saturday nights on RFD-TV with 1.2 million monthly viewers (click HERE for more information, airtimes and upcoming guests).

The long-awaited Lessons Learned is Reno’s first album in nearly a decade and his debut album on Rural Rhythm Records. Each song tells a story about life, love and relationships that pull from his rich experiences as an artist, songwriter and TV host. Reno’s singer/songwriting talents really shine on this 11-song album containing 9 songs penned by Reno.

Produced by Ronnie Reno, Lessons Learned showcases The Reno Tradition, (Mike Scott - banjo; Heath Van Winkle - bass; John Maberry - mandolin; and Steve Day - Fiddle), Ronnie’s current band and the house band on his TV show. Lessons Learned contains “Reno’s Mando Magic,” a powerhouse instrumental done in the Reno tradition and 10 songs featuring Reno’s warm passionate vocals with harmony vocals by Heath Van Winkle and award-winning vocalist Sonya Isaacs. Album highlights include the title track, the up-tempo “Sweet Rosa Lee,” “Lower Than Lonesome,” “I Think Of You,” “Bad News At Home,” “Our Last Goodbye,” the Reno & Smiley classic “Trail Of Sorrow” and the Lefty Frizzell classic “Always Late” with guest vocals by David Frizzell.


  1. "Lower Than Lonesome"
  2. "Lessons Learned"
  3. "I Think Of You"
  4. "Sweet Rosa Lee"
  5. "Deep Part Of Your Heart"
  6. "Reno’s Mando Magic"
  7. "Trail Of Sorrow"
  8. "All That’s Worth Remembering"
  9. "Our Last Goodbye"
  10. "Bad News At Home"
  11. "Always Late" (with David Frizzell)

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