Ronald Smith grew up one of seven children, all of who either play a musical instruments 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.