Reno Brothers, The


  • From Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Formed in 1984, broke up as a band (not as brothers) in 2001.
  • Includes Dale, Don Wayne and Ronnie—the three sons of banjo legend Don Reno.
  • Dale and Don Wayne worked with their father until his death in 1984.
  • Ronnie had formerly sang and played mandolin with Don Reno, Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-ups, worked with the Osborne Brothers and Merle Haggard.
  • 1982, Don Wayne and Dale previously played together in a group called The Cripple Creek Quartet which recorded a Grammy-nominated album for Reader’s Digest. It sold more than 100,000 copies.
  • They toured with Vern Gosdin, the Whites, Randy Travis, Billy Joe Royal, Exile, Bill Anderson, Porter Wagoner and others.
  • They were frequent performers on the Nashville Network and CMT.
  • 1988, released self titled album (Step One Records).
  • 1992, released Kentucky Gold album (Webco).
  • 1993, they hosted a TV program on the Americana Television Network called “Reno’s Old Time Music Festival.” (The network folded in 1995). The show was revived by Ronnie Reno a few years later on the RFD-TV Network.
  • 1994, released Acoustic Celebration album (Webco).
  • 1996, released Drawing from the Well album (Webco).
  • 1998, released Three Part Harmony album (Pinecastle).
  • 2001, disbanded with Ronnie forming his own band The Reno Tradition and Don Wayne and Dale playing with Hayseed Dixie.
  • 2004, Don Wayne formed The Reno Revival to teach his father’s banjo technique. Conducts banjo camps and workshops.
  • 2013, Don Wayne and Dale teamed up with Mitch Harrell to record a new album “Reno Bound” (John Boy & Billy) under the name Reno and Harrell, the same name used by their fathers when they worked together.
  • 2021, Don Wayne joined The Farm Hands.