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Reno's Old Time Music Showcases Top IBMA Nominees this August

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Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- For over 20 years, "Reno's Old Time Music" has been dedicated to bringing fans the best Bluegrass music on the planet. So it's no surprise that the top nominees for the 2016 IBMA awards (announced last week) are also the featured guests of the show throughout the month of August.

This year's Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year nominee, Balsam Range will kick off the month with a "Reno's Old Time Music" full-performance show, followed by none other than the "Queen of Bluegrass" and Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, Rhonda Vincent. Rhonda returns as to guest co-host the "best-of" series, "Hats Off to Bluegrass," as does Sierra Hull, who is poised to be the to take home Album of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year honors. To fill out the month, "Reno's Old Time Music" has compiled all of the fan-favorite performances from its popular "Front Porch Gospel" series.

"Reno's Old Time Music" airs weekly in prime time on Saturday night at 7:00 P.M. Eastern and Thursday morning at 6:30 A.M. Eastern on RFD-TV and is sponsored by Derksen Portable Buildings, Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival, Hadley's Southern Kitchen, RenoFest 2017 and the Old Time Music Store.

Reno's Old Time Music - August Lineup:

August 6 – August 11
Balsam Range
2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time Vocal Group of the Year (2014, 2015), Balsam Range is fronted by the Male Vocalist of the Year (2014) and stellar fiddler Buddy Melton. Backed by the superb harmony of Bass Player of the Year (2015) Tim Surrett, the incredible guitar chops of Caleb Smith, the gifted mandolin playing of Darren Nicholson and the banjo stylings of GRAMMY award-winner Mark Pruett, these boys can always be found regularly at or near the top of the singles and albums charts. Final nominees for both IBMA's Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year again this year, this group is one of today's hottest Bluegrass acts. Best wishes on your multiple nominations, boys!
August 13 – August 18
Hats Off to Bluegrass
Co-Hosted by Rhonda Vincent
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 and was asked if she could "get the bluegrass out of her voice." Confused and heartbroken, she put together her first bluegrass band. Today, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are the most award-winning band in Bluegrass music history. In addition to being a 15-time Entertainer of the Year, Rhonda 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. 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. Rhonda is, once again, up for the IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year. We wish Rhonda the best of luck!
August 20 – August 25
Front Porch Gospel--Fan Favorites
There is nothing like musical inspiration to lift you up and cure the summertime blues! A fan favorite, Front Porch Gospel compiles the best Gospel music from Reno's show guests to ignite the heart and delight the spirit. In this episode, "Reno's Old Time Music," pulls together the fan's most requested performances! Gather your family and prepare to be inspired!
August 27 – September 1
Hats Off to Bluegrass
Co-Hosted by Sierra Hull
At only 24, Sierra Hull has enjoyed 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 performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall (twice), The Kennedy Center, traveled around the world sharing her music. Then there’s the fact that Berklee honored her with the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, the first for a Bluegrass musician. Today, she’s earning considerable respect in the Bluegrass world. Her latest album, Weighted Mind, debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine's weekly Bluegrass chart in February. Sierra is a current final nominee for IBMA “Mandolin Player of the Year"--her ninth nomination in this category. Good luck Sierra!

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.

In 2015, Reno 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).

In February 2016, Ronnie Reno was inducted into the Preservation Hall of Greats, SPBGMA's highest honor. Reno’s name was added to an incredible list of Bluegrass legends and seminal performers who have been inducted since 1984, beginning with Bill Monroe, and including Ronnie's father, Don Reno, who was inducted along with Red Smiley in 1985.

For more information on Ronnie Reno or "Reno's Old Time Music," please visit www.ronniereno.com

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