Karl Rohr

Reno and Red

Donated photo

Don Reno and Red Smiley, like most bands burdened with talent weighing too heavily, blazed with fury before breaking up too soon. Between 1952 and 1964, they redefined the repertoire of bluegrass and cut the competition with their stage shows. Read more

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Richland Balsam

Michael Meissner illustration

The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina leads to many gems, but I mostly know it for guiding me to Richland Balsam, my favorite mountain. It looms over a pullout that marks the highest point on the entire Parkway. Read more