Nashville, TN -- "Reno's Old Time Music" keeps things hopping in April with another great lineup! The month begins with family and the legacy of today's Reno & Harrell. Then, Larry Sparks celebrates 50 years in the business with performances of new material and few of his signature songs. And you don't want to miss masterful tenor and award-winning songwriter Steve Gulley & Friends. Finally, climb aboard as Ronnie hits the road and travels to one of his favorite traditional music hotspots, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center!
"Reno's Old Time Music" airs weekly on Thursday morning at 6:30 A.M. Eastern and in prime time on Saturday night at 7:00 P.M. Eastern on RFD-TV and is sponsored by Rockcastle Tourism, RenoFest and the Old Time Music Store (click HERE for more information, and for exact times in your area).
- April 4 - 9:
- When one hears the name Reno & Harrell, one can't help but recall the 1960's Bluegrass act featuring Don Reno and Bill Harrell and The Tennessee Cut-ups. However, the current rendition of the group was formed by their laureate sons, Don Wayne and Dale "Deacon" Reno (Ronnie Reno's younger siblings), and Mitch Harrell, who continue their amazing legacy. Tune in and watch them perform and reminisce about their legendary fathers.
- April 11 - 16:
- Known for iconic songs such as "John Deere Tractor," "Tennessee 1949" and "A Face in the Crowd," the legendary Larry Sparks commemorates over five decades of great music playing some of his old hits and cuts from his latest project, Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration. Sparks got his start alongside the legendary Stanley Brothers and The Clinch Mountain Boys and went on to front his own band (The Lonesome Ramblers), releasing over 60 albums and touring extensively. In 2004, Sparks was named "Male Vocalist of the Year" by the IBMA. He was named "Male Vocalist of the Year" for the second consecutive year in 2005, but also took home honors for "Recorded Event of the Year" and "Album of the Year"--a testament to his unfading talent and legendary stature in Bluegrass. Bluegrass lovers, you don't want to miss this show!
- April 18 - 23:
- Steve Gulley is also considered one of the top vocalists in the Bluegrass world, known for his lofty tenor voice and emotional delivery. Twice nominated for SPBGMA "Male Vocalist of the Year," Gulley has lent his talent as a harmony and/or featured vocalist on projects such as the widely praised Keith Whitley album, Sad Songs And Waltzes and many other projects featuring Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Tim Stafford, Dwight McCall, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker and country singer Ken Mellons just to name a few.
As a songwriter, Gulley earned IBMA "Song of the Year" honors in 2008 with a song he co-wrote with Tim Stafford. He has also had his songs recorded by many top groups including Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Gulley's appearance corresponds with his move to finally step out as a frontman and the release of Steve Gulley & The New Pinnacle, one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2015.
- April 25 - 30:
- It's no secret that Ronnie Reno is a connoisseur of Traditional music. In this episode, he takes fans on a trip to one of his favorite Kentucky music hotspots, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. A traditional home for great music since 1939, this beautiful facility is located on a 55 acre complex which also includes an old-time town complete with great village shops. Just a couple of miles away from the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Renfro Valley is considered Kentucky's Country Music Capital. Join Ronnie as he explores one of his favorite places for music and discover this nearly 75 year tradition.
Award-winning weekly music/talk show Reno's Old Time Music is the brainchild of Producer/Host Ronnie Reno, whose over-60-year career helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, including Reno & Smiley, The Osborne Brothers, Merle Haggard, The Reno Brothers, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Vassar Clements, Sammi Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Mac Wiseman and Conway Twitty, to name just a few.
Reno began airing his show in 1993 on another network as "Reno's Old Time Music Festival.” It was the first and only national television show featuring Bluegrass and acoustic music and could be seen in 28 million households. Because of the show’s rich music/talk format and Reno’s influence in getting top-name guests, the show was a huge success, earning Reno a nomination for the prestigious Cable Ace Award for “Best Musical Series" and the nickname "The Dick Clark of Bluegrass."
Today, "Reno's Old Time Music" has nearly doubled its carriage with its transition to the RFD-TV network, reaching an estimated 46 million homes weekly and pulling an estimated 1.2 million monthly viewers. Although the name has changed slightly, the format remains largely the same, which includes performances by Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition and the weekly featured guest, an interview segment, the extremely popular “Super Pickers” segment and a sterling closing performance by the guest, who is joined by Reno on the Main Stage. Reno was honored with both the IBMA "Distinguished Achievement" (2006) and "Broadcaster of the Year" (2013) awards due to the continued success of the show.
Reno has recently released his first album in over a decade, LESSONS LEARNED, on Rural Rhythm Records, available on iTunes, Amazon and wherever Bluegrass and Country music are sold.
For more information on Ronnie Reno or "Reno's Old Time Music," please visit www.RonnieReno.com.