Nashville, TN -- December is turning out to be the most wonderful time of the year on “Reno’s Old Time Music” with all-new episodes featuring the best Bluegrass and Christmas music all month long. In celebration of the holiday season, the lineup includes two new episodes of "Hats Off to Bluegrass," co-hosted by two of the loveliest women in Bluegrass, Sierra Hull and Rhonda Vincent (affectionately called "Reno's Sweeties" by Ronnie--not to be confused with the "HEE-HAW Honeys"). Both super-talented ladies help Ronnie introduce the best performances by guests of the show and give Ronnie a run for his money on their mandolins. As a special treat, Vincent's episode will feature a glorious fill of seasonal music, just in time for the holidays. This month's series episode of "Front Porch Gospel" will also feature the best of Gospel music with a Christmas twist. Finally, we’ll deck the halls with the pinnacle of Bluegrass legends with a special presentation of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Spotlight series, featuring Mac Wiseman, Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds. So come all ye faithful Bluegrass fans! If good Bluegrass music is on your Christmas list, then you surely won’t be disappointed. For more information on "Reno's Old Time Music," please visit www.RonnieReno.com and click on the TV Show tab.
"Reno's Old Time Music" airs weekly in prime time on Saturday night at 7:00 P.M. Eastern and on Thursday morning at 6:30 A.M. Eastern on RFD-TV and is sponsored by Derksen Portable Buildings and the Old Time Music Store (click HERE for more information and for exact times in your area).
"Hats Off to Bluegrass" Co-hosted by Sierra Hull
"Reno's Old Time Music" will kick off the month with another new episode of "Hats Off to Bluegrass" with special guest/co-host Sierra Hull! Ronnie and Sierra share the best performances of "Reno's Old Time Music" and personal stories, as well as swap mandolin licks on a few songs.
At 23, Sierra Hull is already has already had a career that has spanned more than a decade. She was given her first mandolin at age 8. By age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Grand Ole Opry stage; by 12, Rounder was expressing interest (she signed a record deal with Rounder at 13, with her first album released at 16). She’s also played the White House, Carnegie Hall (twice), The Kennedy Center, traveled around the world sharing her music and released three albums. Then there’s the fact that Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a Bluegrass musician. Today, she’s earning considerable respect in the Bluegrass world. Sierra has been nominated eight times for “Mandolin Player of the Year” by the IBMA.
"Front Porch Gospel" Christmas Special
A fan-favorite series, "Front Porch Gospel" compiles never-before-seen Gospel performances from the guests of "Reno's Old Time Music" to warm the heart and delight the spirit. This month’s episode, we have redecorated the porch for the holidays, compiling the best Christmas performances by our guests throughout the years. So gather the family around the tree, tune in and usher in the season with a renewed purpose! Don't miss it!
"Hats Off to Christmas" Co-hosted by Rhonda Vincent
Rhonda Vincent returns to "Reno's Old Time Music" to co-host a very special episode of the new series, "Hats Off to Bluegrass." Just in time for Christmas, Rhonda and Ronnie introduce the best holiday-themed performances by Reno's guests, as well as share personal stories of the season. Rhonda also treats fans with a delightful performance of one of her favorite holiday tunes.
Rhonda Vincent, dubbed “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, began her musical journey at the age of three, performing alongside her family members on what was called The Sally Mountain Show. She sang bluegrass as a teenager, then recorded a couple of mainstream country albums in the 1990's, when makeup artists cared more about her looks than her sound. She was asked if she could "get the bluegrass out of her voice." Confused and heartbroken, she put together her first bluegrass band, and found the most natural approach to her music was in the bluegrass realm.
In addition to being the most award-winning band in Bluegrass music history, (Rhonda and her band, The Rage have taken home massive amounts of honors, totaling over 100 awards), Vincent has also performed and recorded with the best of the best, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Daryle Singletary, Richard Marx, Hank Williams Jr. and more. In addition to being a 15-time Entertainer of the Year, Vincent has established herself as one of the most visible, best-selling artists in the genre, whose cross-over appeal stretches well into the mainstream media. For those of you who are not familiar with Rhonda, you don’t want to miss this show, and for those of you who are, you already know why she’s considered Bluegrass royalty.
Bluegrass Hall of Fame Spotlight
Wrap up 2015 with Bluegrass' finest! This series is a compilation of performances by Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees--the pinnacle of Bluegrass' best pulled from the archives of "Reno's Old Time Music." This episode features Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman and Jesse McReynolds. If you love the masters, this is one show you don't want to miss!
ABOUT "RENO'S OLD TIME MUSIC":
This award-winning weekly music/talk show 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 over 50 million homes weekly and pulling an estimated 1.3 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.