DON RENO & RED SMILEY 'BLUEGRASS 1963'

DON RENO & RED SMILEY 'BLUEGRASS 1963'

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Many of our readers will recall two different videocassettes that featured some long lost footage of this great bandÑone was a short lived VHS tape (remember them?) put out by Carlton Haney, and the other came out on the Pinecastle label. Both have been sought after collectorÕs items for years. Thanks to Ronnie Reno, this wonderful material has been combined onto one DVD, with the addition of some songs & tunes that were not included in either of the prior VHS tapes. Like the recent Flatt & Scruggs DVDS that have come out on Shanachie/CMF, this is a most welcome treasure for those of us lucky enough to have seen this great band in its prime, and a revelation to those who know Reno & SmileyÕs music but never got to see them, either in person or on their legendary ÒTop OÕ The MorningÓ daily TV shows in Roanoke, Va. in the early 60s. There are 20 songs & tunes here, plus one comedy routine (not one of their best, unfortunately), that feature their long time sidemen Mac Magaha on fiddle and John Palmer on bass, plus guitarist Steve Chapman and a young Ronnie Reno on mandolin. There are the fine renditions of their classics like I KNOW YOUÕRE MARRIED, IÕM THE TALK OF THE TOWN, LOVE PLEASE COME HOME and IÕM USING MY BIBLE FOR A ROADMAP. AndÑhold onÑa guest spot from none other than THE STANLEY BROTHERS!: to see and hear Ralph & Carter singing IN THE PINES with a railroad track setting behind them sent chills up this listenerÕs spine. Ralph then joins Don Reno for a twin banjo workout on HOME SWEET HOME, and and the Stanleys join Reno & SmileyÕs full band on a great OVER IN THE GLORYLAND (enough said??~!). Other notable tracks include NINE POUND HAMMER (also with the Stanleys), DOWN YONDER, FISHERÕS HORNPIPE, WHISPERING HOPE and PANHANDLE COUNTRY. ItÕs hard to cite anything negative about this amazing DVD, but there is one flaw: the individual tracks are not ÒkeyedÓ or isolated, so if you want to go back or forward to see one piece in particular, there is no way to do that except to start the DVD from the beginning again. (By the way, at least one or two of the cuts are from 1957). This is a precious and amazing document that any ÒvintageÓ Bluegrass fan will have to getÑit has our highest RECOMMENDATION! DVD: $ 18.00

Track Listing:

  • LOVE, O'LOVE PLEASE COME HOME
  • DOWN YONDER
  • IN THE PINES
  • HOME SWEET HOME
  • OVER IN THE GLORYLAND
  • WHERE IS THAT CHORD
  • BARE FOOT NELLIE
  • NINE POUND HAMMER
  • JOHN HENRY
  • WOULDN'T CHANGE YOU IF I COULD
  • PANHANDLE COUNTRY
  • WHISPERING HOPE
  • BILL BAILEY "IRVING SHARP"
  • ARKANSAS TRAVELER
  • I'M USING MY BIBLE FOR A ROAD MAP
  • I'M THE TALK OF THE TOWN
  • FISHER'S HORBNPIPE
  • I KNOW YOU'RE MARRIED
  • BALLAD OF JED CLAMPETT
  • PATTY ON THE TURNPIKE