1-CD-Album with 48-page booklet, 24 tracks, playing time 53:25 minutes.
This collection brings together for the first time on CD the complete Dot Recordings of Don Reno. The twelve landmark tracks from1957 with his longtime partner Red Smiley, produced by Mac Wiseman, are heralded as some of the finest music the duo everrecorded. Following the end of their partnership, Reno made his first recordings as a solo artist within one month of their breakup.Produced by Reno's former employer, Arthur Smith, these twelve titles were only available for a short period on LP and make theirfirst appearance on CD here.
A newly researched biography and exhaustive notes by Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs contains extensive quotes fromproducers, Wiseman and Smith, as well as Reno's oldest son, Ronnie. Stubbs relates the complete story about the music and themen.
Quotes From Members Of The Country Music Hall Of Fame
"In my disc jockey days in the late '50s, bluegrass music was just as much a part of country as anything else, and I wouldn't think ofdoing a show without playing Don Reno and Red Smiley. I played a lot of Don and Red's music. I liked their music very much, andwhen I got to know them personally in later years, they were just incredible. They were so nice to me. You know, you remember as ayoung artist the people who were nice to you on the way up, and I have never forgotten how nice Don and Red always were to me."
"Well, to be honest with you, I thought they were the best bluegrass group I'd ever heard. I liked their brand right off the bat. I likedDon Reno and Red Smiley. They were my favorite bluegrass group."
"I met Don Reno and Red Smiley back in the late '50s. Wow, they had a great band and show. They invited us to come and play ontheir TV show as their guest for two weeks. At night we'd work in school houses and auditoriums. That was the beginning of a lifelongfriendship. Don and Red were the kind of guys you could have fun with, they just felt like family the first time you met them. And fromthen on, they were part of my music family. You could always count on them to put on a show!!! And most of all, the two of them werereal, genuine men of great character."