Don Reno

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Donald Wesley Reno, 21 February 1926, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, d. 16 October 1984, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Reno, who began his career on local radio at 12 and was playing professionally with the Morris Brothers at 14, went on to become one of the world’s greatest five-string banjo players. A fine tenor vocalist, he also played mandolin, guitar and harmonica. In 1941, he worked with Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith, but between 1944 and 1946, his career was interrupted by military service. He saw active service in Burma, India and China, before he returned to South Carolina where, for the first six months, he fronted a local band. He and Earl Scruggs (whom he then replaced in Bill Monroe’s band in 1948) popularized the three-finger roll technique of playing, initially introduced by Snuffy Jenkins in the late 30s. In 1949, Reno left Monroe to start his own band, the Tennessee Cut-Ups. Soon afterwards, guitarist Red Smiley joined him...

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