FRC 203 - Ola Belle Reed: Recordings from the collection of Ray Alden and the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music

by Ola Belle Reed

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Ola Belle Reed (1915-2002) was born into the musical Campbell family in Grassy Creek, Ash County, in the New River Valley
of western North Carolina. She performed with the North Carolina Ridge Runners as a teenager. As did many transplanted
mountain folk during the Great Depression, Ola Belle’s family moved north to Rising Sun, Maryland. Beginning in 1949, Ola
Belle and her brother, Alex Campbell, played with their Bluegrass band, the New River Boys & Girls, at New River Ranch in
Rising Sun, which Alex, Ola Belle and her husband Bud Reed operated, and for 26 years beginning in 1960, at Sunset Park, in
West Grove, PA. Ola Belle has become more widely known as an author of many wonderful songs about mountain life, social
justice and traditional values, some of which she performs here along with other songs she learned growing up in the mountains,
accompanying herself on old-time banjo or guitar, assisted by her son David and her “old man” Bud. Although Ola Belle’s
extraordinary music lives on, and her homespun philosophy comes through in both her music and stage repartee, she is sorely
missed. – Shel Sandler for the Brandywine Friends

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released November 2, 2015

Ola Belle, Bud and David Reed on all tracks except track 23: New River Gang, Alex Campbell, Ola Belle Reed,
Sonny and Johnny Miller, Jerry Lundy; recorded by Lou Phillips estate tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8-10, 12-14, 16, 19-23; Ola Belle, Bud
and David Reed with Johnny Miller, fiddle (tracks 3, 7, 11, 15, 17 and 18) recorded by Ray Alden, NYC, 1973).

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