Aug 5 Happy Birthday Ronald Smith

Happy Birthday Ronald Smith Aug 5 is the banjo picker of The Lost & Found Band. Ronald grew up one of seven children, all of who either play a musical instrument or sing including his father who played the banjo. At the early age of seven, he began playing the mandolin among the surroundings of his musical family influences. Ronald joined a local group, The Bluegrass Gospel Five, playing the mandolin and recorded his first album with this group at the age of 12. Following in the footsteps of his father, Ronald changed his focus from the mandolin to the banjo in his early teen years. He then joined a semi-professional group, New Classic Grass, in 1996 and played with them until 1998. Ronald has been with The Lost and Found since 1999 and continues to enjoy playing the banjo and singing harmony vocals with the band, as well as fulfilling the duties as part-time bus driver. He is honored to continue to be adding his influences to the signature sound created and established by The Lost and Found. When asked who his musical influences are, he states “Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, “Little” Roy Lewis, Terry Baucom, and Scott Vestal.” The musical influence and mandolin style of the late Dempsey Young will forever be embedded within the style and performances of Ronald Smith.

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I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
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