Born near Marion, Virginia, Bill Harrell worked around the Virginia-Washington D.C. area for decades. He became better known around southwestern Ohio when he teamed with Don Reno to sing lead and play guitar after Don’s split with Red Smiley. They cut LPs in this area for King, King Bluegrass, and Jalyn. After Red Smiley rejoined the group, the three of them continued until Red’s death in 1971. Some of their final recordings were cut in Columbus, issued on Jack Casey’s Rome Records, and in 2006 reissued on Rebel Records.

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