• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995

Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Ronnie Reno, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 5 March 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Ronnie Reno who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Ronnie Reno
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 5 March 2013.

'Thanks for the email and for the warm conversation about Gene Watson.

I have been a friend of Gene's for many years and consider him in the very elite club of singers and tellers of song.

I remember when we became aware of Gene.  It was Bonnie Owens (Tuesday 1 October 1929 - Monday 24 April 2006) that made us listen and realize what Gene was doing with his style and voice.

Bonnie always was a great judge of singers as you know.  She could pick the great ones and Gene was one of hers and my all time favourite singers.

Gene is also a wonderful person and cares about people's feeling and what they take away from his delivery of his songs and singing.

Please pass this along to his many fans and I am truly in the club of admirers of the great Gene Watson'.

Thank you, Ronnie Reno, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Ronnie Reno...

Ronnie Reno was born on Sunday 28 September 1947 in Buffalo, South Carolina and is the eldest son of bluegrass music legend Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984) and began his career professionally at the age of eight.

Often standing on a milk carton in order to reach the microphone, the young Ronnie Reno played mandolin and guitar with his father on-stage. After working with The Don Reno Band for almost ten years, Ronnie Reno opted to join The Osborne Brothers, another bluegrass music band. Working with The Osborne Brothers for four years, the group released five albums during that time.

In July 1969, The Osborne Brothers (Sonny and Bobby) saw the release of 'Up To Date And Down To Earth' (Decca Records, 1969).

Personnel involved in the recording of The Osborne Brothers' 'Up To Date And Down To Earth' (Decca Records, 1969) included the following:

Sonny Osborne (vocal, banjo, dobro)
Bobby Osborne (vocal, mandolin)
Grady Martin, Leon Rhodes, Ray Edenton and Dale Sledd (guitar)
Hal Rugg (steel guitar)
Ronnie Blackwell (bass)
Ronnie Reno (bass, vocals)
Willie Ackerman and Jerry Carrigan (drums)
Jimmy Buchanan (fiddle)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano, organ)

One of the tracks included on The Osborne Brothers' 'Up To Date And Down To Earth' (Decca Records, 1969) was 'Will You Visit Me On Sundays', which was written by Dallas Frazier.

In June 1970, The Osborne Brothers (Sonny and Bobby) saw the release of 'Ru-Be-Eee' (Decca Records, 1970).

Personnel involved in the recording of The Osborne Brothers' 'Ru-Be-Eee' (Decca Records, 1970) included the following:

Sonny Osborne (vocal, banjo)
Bob Osborne (vocal, mandolin)
Grady Martin, Leon Rhodes and Ray Edenton (guitar)
Dale Sledd (guitar, vocals)
Hal Rugg (steel guitar)
Ronnie Reno (bass, vocals)
Willie Ackerman (drums)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano)

Some of the tracks included on The Osborne Brothers' 'Ru-Be-Eee' (Decca Records, 1970) were the following:

'Let Me Be The First to Know', which was written by Teddy Wilburn () and Doyle Wilburn ()
'Fightin' Side of Me', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'World of Forgotten People' (written by Loretta Lynn)
'Somebody's Back in Town', which was written by Loretta Lynn, Teddy Wilburn () and Doyle Wilburn ()
'Put it Off Until Tomorrow' (written by Dolly Parton and Bill Owens)


In March 1971, The Osborne Brothers (Sonny and Bobby) saw the release of 'The Osborne Brothers' (Decca Records, 1971).

Personnel involved in the recording of The Osborne Brothers' 'The Osborne Brothers' (Decca Records, 1971) included the following:

Sonny Osborne (vocal, banjo)
Bobby Osborne (vocal, mandolin)
Grady Martin (guitar, dobro)
Leon Rhodes (electric guitar)
Ray Edenton (guitar)
Dale Sledd (guitar, vocal)
Hal Rugg (steel guitar)
Floyd Chance and Ronnie Reno (bass)
Willie Ackerman (drums)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano)

Some of the tracks included on The Osborne Brothers' 'The Osborne Brothers' (Decca Records, 1971) were the following:

'My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine And Dandelion Wine)' (written by Randy Newman)
'My Sweet Love Ain't Around', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'When The Grass Grows Over Me', which was written by Don Chapel ()
'My Heart Would Know', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'Tennessee Stud' (written by Jimmie Driftwood)
'Kaw-liga', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) and Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)

In December 1971, The Osborne Brothers (Sonny and Bobby) saw the release of 'Country Roads' (Decca Records, 1971).

Personnel involved in the recording of The Osborne Brothers' 'Country Roads' (Decca Records, 1971) included the following:

Sonny Osborne (vocal, banjo)
Bobby Osborne (vocal, mandolin)
Grady Martin (guitar, dobro)
Leon Rhodes (electric guitar)
Ray Edenton (guitar)
Dale Sledd (guitar, vocal)
Hal Rugg and Weldon Myrick (steel guitar)
Floyd Chance, Ronnie Reno, Ray Kirkland and Bob Moore (bass)
Willie Ackerman (drums)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano)
Charlie McCoy (trumpet)

Some of the tracks included on The Osborne Brothers' 'Country Roads' (Decca Records, 1971) were the following:

'Shelly's Winter Love', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Take Me Home Country Roads', which was written by John Denver (Friday 31 December 1943 - Sunday 12 October 1997), Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
'Pain of Loving You', which was written by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007)
'Tomorrow Never Comes', which was written by Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984) and Johnny Bond
'Beneath Still Waters' (written by Dallas Frazier)

In June 1972, The Osborne Brothers (Sonny and Bobby) saw the release of 'Bobby And Sonny' (Decca Records, 1972).

Personnel involved in the recording of The Osborne Brothers' 'Bobby And Sonny' (Decca Records, 1972) included the following:

Bobby Osborne (vocal, mandolin)
Sonny Osborne (vocal, banjo)
Leon Rhodes (electric guitar)
Ray Edenton (guitar)
Dale Sledd (guitar, vocals)
Hal Rugg and Weldon Myrick (steel guitar)
Dennis Digby (bass)
Ronnie Reno (bass, vocals)
Willie Ackerman (drums)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano)

Some of the tracks included on The Osborne Brothers' 'Bobby And Sonny' (Decca Records, 1972) were the following:

Ballad Of Forty Dollars' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'I Wonder Why You Said Goodbye', which was written by Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984)
'Stand Beside Me, Behind Me', which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 - Saturday 18 October 2014)
'I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'Love's Gonna Live Here', which was written by Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006)
'Today I Started Loving You Again', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Bonnie Owens (Tuesday 1 October 1929 - Monday 24 April 2006)

Ronnie Reno's first big break came in 1973 with his working relationship with country music legend Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016).

Opening many of Merle Haggard's shows, Ronne Reno would then support Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) as a backing musician.

Ronnie Reno appeared on a number of Merle Haggard's classic country music albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Ronnie Reno also wrote a hit song for Merle Haggard, 'I've Got a Darling (For a Wife)', which was included on Merle Haggard's 'Keep Movin' On' (Capitol Records, 1975).

In November 1973, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'Christmas Present (Something Old, Something New)' (Capitol Records, 1973), which included the following tracks:

'If We Make It Through December', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for four weeks in December 1973 and January 1974 / No.28 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart)
'Santa Claus & Popcorn', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Bobby Wants a Puppy Dog for Christmas', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Daddy Won't be Home Again for Christmas', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Grandma's Homemade Christmas Card', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'White Christmas' (written by Irving Berlin)
'Silver Bells' (written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans)
'Winter Wonderland' (written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith)
'Silent Night' (written by Josef Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber)
'Jingle Bells' (written by James Lord Pierpont)

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'Christmas Present (Something Old, Something New)' (Capitol Records, 1973) included the following:

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (vocals, guitar)
Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) (guitar, harmonica)
Red Lane (), Bobby Wayne, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004), Marcy Nichols, Ray Edenton, Jerry Shooks and Jimmy Capps (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (pedal steel guitar, dobro)
Dennis Hromek, Joe Zinkan, Ronnie Reno and Henry Strzelecki () (bass)
Biff Adam and William Harris (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano, organ)
Jerry Whitehurst and Mark Yeary (piano)
Farrell Morris (percussion)
Bill Puett (horns)

In February 1974, Merle Haggard saw the release of 'If We Make It Through December' (Capitol Records, 1974), which included the following tracks:

'If We Make It Through December', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for four weeks in December 1973 and January 1974 / No.28 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart)
'Love & Honor', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'To Each His Own' (written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans)
'You're The Only Girl in The Game', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Glenn Martin
'I'm An Old Old Man Tryin' To Live While I Can', which was written by Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975)
'Come On into My Arms' (written by Marcia Nichols)
'Better Off When I was Hungry', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'I'll Break Out Again Tonight', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer
'This Cold War with You', which was written by Floyd Tillman (Tuesday 8 December 1914 - Friday 22 August 2003)
'Uncle Lem' (written by Glenn Martin)
'There's Just One Way', which was written by Merle Haggard () and Kenny Seratt ()

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'If We Make It Through December' (Capitol Records, 1974) included the following:

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (vocals, guitar)
Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) (guitar, harmonica)
Tommy Collins (Sunday 28 September 1930 - Tuesday 14 March 2000), Bobby Wayne, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004), Marcy Nichols and Ronnie Reno (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (pedal steel guitar, dobro)
Dennis Hromek, Joe Zinkan and Johnny Meeks (bass)
Biff Adam (drums)
Johnny Gimble and Bill Woods (fiddle)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano, organ)
Billy Liebert and Mark Yeary (piano)
Bill Puett (horns)

In August 1974, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'Merle Haggard: His 30th Album' (Capitol Records, 1974), which included the following tracks:

'Old Man From The Mountain', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1974)
'Things Aren't Funny Anymore', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in May 1974)
'White Man Singin' The Blues', which was written by Merle Haggard ()
'Traveling' (written by Ronnie Reno and Tiny Moore)
'Girl Who Made Me Laugh', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001)
'Honky Tonk Night Time Man', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Holding Things Together', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) / this track featured Ronnie Reno and Bonnie Owens (Tuesday 1 October 1929 - Monday 24 April 2006) as supporting vocalists
'Seashores of Old Mexico', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Don't Give Up on Me', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'King Without A Queen', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975), John Wills and Martha Dean Moore
'It Don't Bother Me' (written by Mark Yeary)

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'Merle Haggard: His 30th Album' (Capitol Records, 1974) included the following:

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (vocals, guitar)
Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) (guitar, harmonica)
James Burton, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Ronnie Reno (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (pedal steel guitar, dobro)
Chuck Berghofer and Johnny Meeks (bass)
Biff Adam (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano, organ)
Glen Hardin and Mark Yeary (piano)
Bill Puett (horns)

In September 1974, Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) saw the release of 'Junkie & The Juicehead Minus Me' (Columbia Records, 1974); the album featured Ronnie Reno on bass.

In April 1975, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'Keep Movin' On' (Capitol Records, 1975), which included the following tracks:

'Movin' On', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 for one week in July 1975)
'Life's Like Poetry', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'I've Got a Darlin' (For a Wife)', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Ronnie Reno
'These Mem'ries We're Making Tonight', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'You'll Always be Special to Me', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'September in Miami', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Always Wanting You', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 for two weeks in April 1975)
'Kentucky Gambler' (written by Dolly Parton) (No.1 for one week in January 1975)
'Here in Frisco', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'I've Got a Yearning', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Man's Gotta Give Up a Lot', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'Keep Movin' On' (Capitol Records, 1975) included the following:

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (vocals, guitar)
Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) (guitar, harmonica)
Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Ronnie Reno (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (pedal steel guitar, dobro)
Chuck Berghofer, Johnny Meeks, Bob Moore and James Tittle (bass)
Biff Adam (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano, organ)
Mark Yeary (piano)
Don Merkham (saxophone)

The track 'Movin' On' was a full-length version of a song which Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded as the theme song to the television series 'Movin' On'.

'Kentucky Gambler' was originally recorded by Dolly Parton, who included the track on 'The Bargain Store' (RCA Records, 1975), an album which also included a cover of Merle Haggard's 'You'll Always be Special to Me'.

Dolly Parton recorded Merle Haggard's 'Life's Like Poetry' and included the track on 'All I Can Do' (RCA Records, 1976).

It was also in 1975 when Ronnie Reno recorded his first album, 'For the First Time' (MCA Records, 1975).

In February 1976, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'It's All in The Movies' (Capitol Records, 1976), which included the following tracks:

'It's All in The Movies', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) (No.1 for one week in November 1975)
'Nothing's Worse Than Losing', which was written by Merle Haggard ()
'After Loving You', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), Ronnie Reno and Leona Williams
'Stingeree' (written by Charles Singleton and Larry Coleman)
'I Know An Ending When It Comes', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010)
'This is The Song We Sing', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Living with The Shades Pulled Down', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Hag's Dixie Blues, No.2', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Let's Stop Pretending', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Cotton Patch Blues', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Billy Joe Moore
'The Seeker' (written by Dolly Parton)

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'It's All in The Movies' (Capitol Records, 1976) included the following:

Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) (guitar, harmonica)
Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004), Bobby Wayne, Marcy Nichols, Ronnie Reno and Estel Shamblin (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (steel guitar, dobro)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
Dennis Hromek, Joseph Zinkan, Bob Moore and James Tittle (bass)
Biff Adams (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Glen D. Hardin, Hargus Pig Robbins and Mark Yeary (piano)
Don Merkham (sax)
William Puett (horns)
Bonnie Owens (Tuesday 1 October 1929 - Monday 24 April 2006) (vocals)

In July 1976, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'My Love Affair with Trains' (Capitol Records, 1976), which included the following tracks:

'My Love Affair with Trains' (written by Dolly Parton)
'Union Station' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'Here Comes The Freedom Train' (written by Stephen H. Lemberg) (No.10 in July 1976)
'So Long Train Whistle', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Lew Quadling
'Silver Ghost' (written by Sterling Whipple)
'No More Trains to Ride', which was written by Merle Haggard ()
'Coming & The Going of The Trains', which was written by Red Lane ()
'I Won't Give Up My Train' (written by Mark Yeary)
'Where Have All The Hoboes Gone', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Danny Morrison
'Railroad Lady' (written by Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker)
'Hobo', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Glenn Martin

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'My Love Affair with Trains' (Capitol Records, 1976) included the following:

Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001), Ronnie Reno, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Estel Shamblin (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (steel guitar, dobro)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
Bob Moore, Johnny Meeks and James Tittle (bass)
Buddy Harman and Biff Adam (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins and Mark Yeary (keyboards)
Don Merkham (sax)

In November 1976, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'The Roots of My Raising' (Capitol Records, 1976), which included the following tracks:

'The Roots of My Raising', which was written by Tommy Collins (Sunday 28 September 1930 - Tuesday 14 March 2000)
'What Have You Got Planned Tonight, Diana', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'The Waltz You Saved For Me' (written by Gus Kahn, Wayne King and Emil Flindt)
'Walk on The Outside', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Chuck Howard
'Gambling Polka Dot Blues', which was written by Jimmie Rodgers (8 September 1897 - Friday 26 May 1933) and Roy E. Hall
'Cherokee Maiden', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006)
'Am I Standing in Your Way', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Colorado', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'I Never Go Around Mirrors', which was written by Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer
'Mississippi Delta Blues', which was written by Jimmie Rodgers (8 September 1897 - Friday 26 May 1933) and Jack Neville

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'The Roots of My Raising' (Capitol Records, 1976) included the following:

Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001), Bobby Wayne, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004), Ronnie Reno and Estel Shamblin (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (steel guitar, dobro)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
Dennis Hromek and James Tittle (bass)
Biff Adam (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Glen D. Hardin, Mark Yeary and Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano)
Don Merkham (sax)

In May 1977, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'Ramblin' Fever' (MCA Records, 1977), which included the following tracks:

'Ramblin' Fever', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again' (written by Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan)
'Ghost Story' (written by Joe Allen)
'Set Me Free' (written by Curly Putman)
'Love Somebody to Death', which was written by Red Lane () and Glenn Martin
'If We're Not Back in Love by Monday' (written by Glenn Martin and Sonny Throckmorton)
'I Think It's Gone Forever', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Leona Williams
'Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride at All', which was written by Red Lane (), Boyce Porter and Bucky Jones
'My Love for You' (written by Jeannie Seely)
'Last Letter' (written by Rex Griffin)

Merle Haggard's 'Ramblin' Fever' (MCA Records, 1977), which featured Ronnie Reno on guitar, was produced by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Ken Nelson.

In September 1977, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) saw the release of 'A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today' (Capitol Records, 1977).

Although Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) had moved to MCA Records, Capitol Records created this release from tracks, which had been previously recorded between April 1971 and November 1975.

Merle Haggard's 'A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today' (Capitol Records, 1977) included the following tracks:

'A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Making Believe' (written by Jimmy Work)
'Blues Stay Away From Me' (written by Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore, Henry Glover and Wayne Raney)
'Got A Letter From My Kid' (written by Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney and Hy Zaret)
'When My Last Song is Sung', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Moanin' The Blues', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'Goodbye Lefty', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Blues For Dixie' (written by O. W. Mayo)
'Running Kind', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'I'm a White Boy', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)

Personnel involved on Merle Haggard's 'A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today' (Capitol Records, 1977) included the following:

Roy Nichols (Friday 21 October 1932 - Tuesday 3 July 2001), Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004), Ronnie Reno, Al Bruneau and Tommy Collins (Sunday 28 September 1930 - Tuesday 14 March 2000) (guitar)
Norman Hamlet (steel guitar, dobro)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
James Tittle (bass guitar)
Bob Moore and Dennis Hromek (bass)
Biff Adam (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins, Mark Yeary and Glenn D. Hardin (piano)
Don Merkham (sax)

In October 1978, Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) saw the release of 'Conway' (MCA Records, 1978). The album included Ronnie Reno's 'Boogie Grass Band', which reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.



Mickey Gilley recorded Ronnie Reno's 'Thousand Times' (co-written with Wayne C. Thompson) and included the track on 'Mickey Gilley' (Epic Records, 1979).



In February 1981, Billy 'Crash' Craddock saw the release of 'Crash Craddock' (Capitol Records, 1981), which included Ronnie Reno's 'Leave Your Love A Smokin' (co-written with Wayne C. Thompson).

In 1989, Willie Nelson saw the release of 'A Horse Called Music' (Columbia Records, 1989). The album included Willie Nelson's last No.1 Billboard country music single; 'Nothing I Can Do About It Now' (written by Beth Nielsen Chapman) was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1989.

Willie Nelson's 'A Horse Called Music' (Columbia Records, 1989), which featured Ronnie Reno on mandola, also included 'There You Are' (written by Kye Fleming and Mike Reid) (No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in late 1989), along with 'If I Were a Painting' (written by Skip Ewing and Don Sampson).

In the early 1990s, Ronnie Reno teamed up with his younger brothers, Dale and Don Wayne, and formed The Reno Brothers. Recording began with the release in March 1992 of 'Kentucky Gold' (Webco Records, 1992) and ended with 1998's 'Three Part Harmony' (Pinecastle Records, 1998).

In March 1992, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers saw the release of 'Kentucky Gold' (Webco Records, 1992), which included the following tracks:

'Kentucky Gold', which was written by Wayne Carson () and Ronnie Reno
'Country Boy Rock & Roll' (written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'All That's Worth Remembering' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'Rollin' Down The Cumberland' (written by Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'My Dixieland & Dixie Too' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'Hello Jesus' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'California Blue Moon' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'Reno's 2nd Ride' (written by Don Wayne Reno)
'Jesus Will Save Your Soul', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'The Letter' (written by Wayne Carson)
'Long Gone', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)

In 1994, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers saw the release of 'Acoustic Celebration' (Webco Records, 1994), which included the following tracks:

'Reno's Theme Song (Reno's Old Time Music Festival)' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'Mr. Coachman' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno, Don Wayne Reno and Wayne Carson)
'Homemade Love' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'Saturday Night Jam' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'I Love You', which was written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno, Don Wayne Reno and Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'The Thrill Of The Chase' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'The Last Frontier' (written by Don Wayne Reno)
'Unity' (written by Wayne Carson)
'Mama Tried', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Sail On The Wind' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'Top of The Mountain' (written by Dale Reno)
'Lonesome Hearted Blues' (written by Don Reno)
'Catch Up on a Love Affair' (written by Ronnie Reno, Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)

In 1995, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers saw the release of 'Swing West' (Pinecastle Records, 1995), which included the following tracks:

'Time Changes Everything', which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'I'm So Dog Gone Used to Lovin' You', which was written by Wayne Carson () and Mel Tillis
'California Blues', which was written by Jimmie Rodgers (8 September 1897 - Friday 26 May 1933) and Sonny Terry
'San Antonio Rose', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Yes Sir, That's My Baby' (written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn)
'Love Slips Away', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Ronnie Reno
'Oklahoma Hills', which was written by Jack Guthrie (Saturday 13 November 1915 - Thursday 15 January 1948) and Woody Guthrie (Sunday 14 July 1912 - Tuesday 3 October 1967)
'I Love Your Memory', which was written by Wayne Carson () and Ronnie Reno
'Will You Be Loving Another Man?', which was written by Lester Flatt (Friday 19 June 1914 - Friday 11 May 1979) and Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996)
'Slim Pickins' (written by Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno)
'Pretending', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Love Don't Care', which was written by Wayne Carson () and Ronnie Reno

In 1996, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers saw the release of 'Drawing From The Well' (Pinecastle Records, 1996), which included the following tracks:

'Cruel Love', which was written by Red Smiley (Sunday 17 May 1925 - Sunday 2 January 1972)
'No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Unwanted Love', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Please Remember That I Love You', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Banjo Riff', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'There's Another Baby', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'A Pretty Wreath For Mother's Grave', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Maybe You Will Change Your Mind', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984) and Red Smiley (Sunday 17 May 1925 - Sunday 2 January 1972)
'Talk Of The Town', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Trail Of Sorrow', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Charlotte Breakdown', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984) and Charles Schroeder

Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers' 'Drawing From The Well' (Pinecastle Records, 1996) featured a number of special guests, which included the following:

Suzanne Cox (lead vocal) and Sidney Cox (baritone vocal) on 'No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine' and 'I'm Using My Bible for a Roadmap'
Ronnie Bowman (lead vocal) on 'Unwanted Love' and 'Talk Of The Town'
Russell Moore (lead vocal) and Ray Deaton (tenor vocal) on 'Please Remember That I Love You' and 'Maybe You Will Change Your Mind'
Ronnie McCoury (lead vocal and mandolin) on 'There's Another Baby'
David Parmley (lead vocal) on 'Trail Of Sorrow'

In 1997, The Reno Brothers were nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association Award.

On Wednesday 25 February 1998, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers saw the release of 'Three Part Harmony' (Pinecastle Records, 1998), which included the following tracks:

'Midnight Lover's Express' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'Hard To Survive' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'Blue Ridge Side Of Blue' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'Crosstie Junction' (written by Don Wayne Reno)
'Kentucky Serenade' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'Serious Love' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'Drake's Creek Reel' (written by Dale Reno)
'Movie Time Blues' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'Let In The Guiding Light', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984) / this track also featured Robin Smith
'Somewhere Tonight', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Tarnation', which was written by Don Reno (Monday 21 February 1927 - Tuesday 16 October 1984)
'Always Late (With Your Kisses)', which was written by Blackie Crawford and Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975)

On Tuesday 15 October 2002, Ronnie Reno & New Tradition saw the release of 'Portfolio' (Shellpoint Records, 2002), which included the following tracks:

'I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap' (written by Don Reno)
'I Know You're Married But I Love You Still' (written by Mack Magaha and Don Reno)
'Highway Of Love' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'September in Miami', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Freight Train Boogie' (written by Jim Scott)
'Listening To The Rain' (written by Don Devaney)
'Traveling' (written by Tiny Moore and Ronnie Reno)
'Boogie Grass Band' (written by Ronnie Reno)
'Sweetheart Slayer' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'American Trilogy', which was written by Mickey Newbury (Sunday 19 May 1940 - Sunday 29 September 2002)
'Kneel Down' (written by Carlton Haney)
'I Need That Shoulder (After All)' (written by Wayne Carson and Ronnie Reno)
'Pain of Loving You' (written by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007)

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in March 2013, Ronnie Reno was heading The Reno Tradition, an act which encapsulated some of the greatest sounds and moments of traditional bluegrass music.

Ronnie Reno's life in music has seen his wide-ranging accomplishments earn him any number of honours. He created, produced and starred in his own cable television show, 'Reno's Old Time Music Festival', which could be seen in twenty-eight million households and earned a nomination for the prestigious Cable Ace Award for 'Best Musical Series'.

Ronnie Reno has received the 'Distinguished Achievement Award' from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and has also served on the board of directors of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky and the Kentucky Centre for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Today, Ronnie Reno & The New Tradition continue to travel and take bluegrass music to fans everywhere; they carry the tradition forward to audiences with a wonderful balance of integrity and entertainment value.

Visit Ronnie Reno's Official Site

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