Don Reno

An older man wear a baby blue suit jacket and hold a brown and white banjo.
Don Reno. Uploaded by Flickr user Barry Brower.

(1926-1984)  From the age of 5, Reno was a talented at playing the banjo.  Listening to radio music shows, he would learn all kinds of songs.  A family friend convinced Reno to perform on radio and he spent the next several years meeting performers and preparing for a career in music.  A group of boys heard Reno on the radio and convinced him to join their band.  The band played for local radio and barn dances.  Reno would go on to record 500 songs and play with some of the greatest musicians of bluegrass.