New Reno, Smiley, Harrell compilation released

Gary Reid, he of Copper Creek Records and The Bluegrass Calendar, has announced a new reissue of music from Don Reno and his two primary partners, Red Smiley and Bill Harrell.

The 4-CD set is simply titled 1963 – 1972, featuring 5 albums released during that era on King and Starday Records. Perfectly timed for the season, the set includes the Reno & Smiley Christmas album from 1963, The True Meaning Of Christmas (with previously unreleased tracks). What could be better as you wrap those gifts than listening to Don and Red sing Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Frosty The Snowman?

Also included are Reno and Smiley Sing A Bluegrass Tribute To Cowboy Copas, and All The Way To Reno, their salute to over-the-road truckers.

There are also two Reno & Harrell albums: Bluegrass On My Mind and I’m Using My Bible For A Roadmap.

Gary tells us that the box set is packaged with a 32 page booklet, including many previously unpublished photographs. It is offered for sale online for $25.

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