Reno & Smiley and Mac Wiseman DVDs

Bluegrass 1963Blue Highways TV has released two DVDs containing classic television performances by Reno & Smiley and Mac Wiseman.

Bluegrass 1963, the Reno & Smiley DVD has twenty songs from a television pilot they recorded in Roanoke, VA in 1963 at WDBJ, which led to a regular morning show that ran for several years. The show also features a guest appearance by The Stanley Brothers and a piece from WDBJ announcer Irv Sharp on piano.

The live performances include some Reno & Smiley favorites, plus a visit from Chicken Hot Rod and Pansy.

  • Love, O Love Please Come Home
  • Down Yonder
  • In The Pines
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Over In The Gloryland
  • Where Is That Chord
  • Barefoot Nellie
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • John Henry
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Wouldn’t Change You If I Could
  • Panhandle Country
  • Whispering Hope
  • Bill Bailey
  • I’m Using My Bible For A Roadmap
  • Talk Of The Town
  • Fisher’s Hornpipe
  • I Know You’re Married
  • Ballad Of Jed Clampett
  • Paddy On The Turnpike

Ronnie Reno narrates the video, which is available from Blue Highways TV for $19.95.

Bluegrass 1971They have also released a Mac Wiseman DVD, recorded live in 1971, with 12 songs plus an interview with Chubby Wise, Lester Flatt and Carlton Haney. Lester and Chubby also perform in the video, which also contains some truly classic material.

  • Homestead On The Farm
  • Me & Bobby McGee
  • Prisoner’s Song
  • Liberty
  • Four Walls
  • I’ll Still Write Your Name In The Sand
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me
  • Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
  • Will You Be Loving Another Man
  • I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight
  • Are You Washed In The Blood
  • Jimmy Brown, The News Boy

The Wiseman DVD is titled Bluegrass 1971, and is available for $16.95, or you can purchase both DVDs for $29.95.

Both belong in any serious collection of bluegrass music. They are also available from retailers who specialize in bluegrass music.

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