Like Good Old Country Ballads, A Variety of Country Songs is an original King album from 1959 that contains several singles Reno & Smiley recorded during the '50s. Where the predecessor concentrated on mid-tempo numbers, the songs on A Variety are generally speedier and more infectious, whether it is straightforward bluegrass or country gospel. Taken together with Good Old Country Ballads, A Variety of Country Songs gives a good idea of the depth of Reno & Smiley's talents.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine