Reno & Smiley and Mac Wiseman – CD Release

by | 5 Mar, 2010

Rural Rhythm Records has announced the upcoming 23rd March, 2010 release of two CD’s from first generation bluegrass legends. Bluegrass 1963 by Reno & Smiley with special guests Carter and Ralph Stanley, and Bluegrass 1971 by Mac Wiseman with special guest, Lester Flatt & Chubby Wise.

These are the first two album projects by a new and exciting joint venture between Rural Rhythm Records and Ronnie Reno. These historic albums will be available for purchase wherever bluegrass music is sold including; Walmart, Amazon, Borders, iTunes, Rhapsody, e-music, County Sales, Music Shed, plus the Rural Rhythm website.

Bluegrass 1963 by Reno & Smiley

This album was produced by Ronnie Reno, is a welcomed treasure for those lucky enough to have seen and heard Reno & Smiley perform on their legendary Top O’ the Morning daily TV show in Roanoke, Virginia during the early 1960’s.  This 18 song collection features their long time sideman, The Tennessee Cut-Ups, Mac Magaha on fiddle, John Palmer on bass, guitarist Steve Chapman, plus a young Ronnie Reno on mandolin. There are fine renditions of their classics like I Know You’re Married, I’m the Talk of the Town, Love Please Come Home, I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could, and I’m Using My Bible for a Roadmap.

Bluegrass 1971 by Mac Wiseman

This album features Mac Wiseman with special guests Lester Flatt & Chubby Wise. Mac Wiseman has been a very important part of the Country and Bluegrass music scene for many decades recording a tremendous amount of successful albums that have contained a long list of big hits in both genres. Towards the end of 1970, Mac Wiseman and Lester Flatt talked about teaming up for an album that would re-create the mood and spirit of the late 1940s. Lester had split acrimoniously from Earl Scruggs, so Lester and Mac began touring and recording together. During this period, their albums were musically and commercially successful including their album, Lester ‘N Mac reaching #42 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart.