Reno & Harrell to John Boy & Billy

Reno & Harrell sign with John Boy & BillyJohn Boy & Billy, Inc. have announced the signing of the new Reno & Harrell to their label.

No… not the classic bluegrass pioneers from the 1960s, but the next generation of Reno & Harrell. Don Reno’s boys, Don Wayne and Dale, along with Bill Harrell’s son Mitch, have created the new group to keep the music their famous fathers’ created alive for a new generation of bluegrass lovers.

The label is run by the Charlotte, NC-based company that produces and manages The Big Show with John Boy & Billy, a widely-syndicated morning radio program that mixes a lot of humor and talk with a little bit of music. While the program is primarily targeted for the classic rock radio format, the show’s hosts (John Isley and Billy James) are bluegrass fans, and the company’s financial guru, Ed Lowe, is a banjo picker.

They also syndicate Knee Deep In Bluegrass with Cindy Baucom, and released In A Groove, the first solo project for banjo man Terry Baucom, in 2011. A new Baucom CD is expected later this year.

CEO Lowe says that they are proud to work with Reno & Harrell.

“This is a perfect fit. The guys (Dale and Don Wayne) made frequent appearances on the John Boy & Billy Show as members of Hayseed Dixie. We are thrilled they have teamed up with Mitch Harrell to move forward in traditional bluegrass, and that they chose the John Boy & Billy label to help do it.”

Recording for their debut album is still ongoing, but work should be completed in time for a late August release.

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