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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 10:47 AM
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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 10:49 AM
very nice, I have never heard of Ollabelle. Thanks

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 10:53 AM
I can dig it...nice mixture of acoustic and electric instruments!

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 12:41 PM
dadof2boys- We need to hook up someday...our musical tastes are right in line brother...seems like we've talked about Levon before...
Last year, Levon played a deal here in Fayetteville, Ar (which goes back to the ronnie hawkins days) and I went back to use the bathroom and ran into Amy talking to someone in the hall...I recognized her and stopped to say hi...anyway, she was super cool and nice, and very impressed that i was "up" on my ollabelle! We talked about 10 minutes because apparently I was the only person (the gal she was talking to when i came by was some relation) that recognized her. Told her how awesome I thought they were, but with that pedigree, i'd expect nothing less.

to the rest of you:
If you dont have their 2 discs in your collection, you should!
Ollabell ROCKS!

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 01:39 PM
Levon Helms' daughter is in the band Ollabelle. Both his and her band will be at Merlefest, which means jams all the way around. Ollabelle are good and diverse.

One of the important things to know about this band to remember where they got their name. They are named after the legendary mountain singer and songwriter, the late Ola Belle Reed. If you are looking for obscure but great songs to play in a different way, the Ola Belle Reed songbook is wonderful to explore. They have started an Ola Belle Reed Homecoming festival in North Carolina and it is growing every year. http://www.olabellefest.com/ (heck, the even raffled off a Wayne Henderson guitar, although I am not sure how similar the Henderson guitar is compared to the one Wayne made for Clapton that the book was written about.)


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Ola Bell Reed was born Ola Wave Campbell in Lansing, North Carolina, on August 17, 1916. She and her brother had a country music career that spanned over 40 years.

Ola Belle's father was a musician and the family owned a store that sold record players and general merchandise. The family, including 13 children, was forced to move to northeastern Maryland during the Depression, where they thought it would be easier to survive. Ola Belle's father played fiddle, banjo, guitar, and organ, and he formed a string band with his brother called The New River Boys and Girls. Ola Belle played old-time banjo and guitar and started performing with the North Carolina Ridge Runners in the Maryland-Delaware-Pennsylvania area.

In 1946, Ola Belle and her brother, Alex, who was wounded in the invasion of Normandy, formed their own country music band, The New River Boys. The group played mountain bluegrass style with traditional stringed instruments, and broadcast over WASA radio in Havre De Grace. The family later moved to Oxford, PA, where they built a following, playing on radio stations WCOJ in Coatesville, PA, and WBMO in Baltimore, MD.



Alex and Ola Belle wrote more than 200 songs and recorded 20 albums. In 1945, Ola Belle declined an offer to join Roy Acuff's band, deciding instead to stay home and marry Ralph "Bud" Reed. In 1949, Alex and Ola Belle reformed the New River Boys with Ola Belle on banjo, guitar and vocals. In 1954, Alex, Ola Belle, and her husband founded the popular music park New River Ranch, near Rising Sun, MD, which attracted many national acts. In 1960, the band moved to Sunset Park, in West Grove, PA. They performed there for 26 years, broadcasting from WWVA in Wheeling, WVA. During the 1960s, the signal reached the entire eastern US and into Canada. In addition to radio and personal appearances, Ola Bell and Alex ran a successful country and gospel record mail order business. Alex and Ola Belle were on 200 radio stations at one time.



Alex retired in 1984. Ola Belle suffered a stroke in 1987 and was bed-ridden until she died on August 16, 2002, one day before her 86th birthday.

Ola Belle and Alex won a Gold Record for their song, "High on a Mountain," which was recorded by Marty Stuart in 1992. She was also the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award.



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It is impossible to list all of Ola Belle’s accomplishments. She wrote over 200 songs, many of which have become standards in bluegrass and old-time music. Del McCoury made the first recording of “High on a Mountain” which has since been recorded by literally hundreds of performers. Marty Stuart recorded his own country rock version of that song in 1992, which brought greater attention to Ola Belle’s extensive catalogue of songs. Among her many awards was the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1986. The IBMA and Banjo Newsletter also recognized Ola Belle with special awards. She toured the country at folk and bluegrass festivals and concerts.



Ola Belle believed in the power of music. She was not interested in changing her music in order to have a commercial hit, but was pleased when other people sang her songs. She had an open mind and an open heart. She was equally at home performing at the Brandywine Old-Time Music Festival as she was at Washington D.C.’s women’s music festival, Sisterfire. While her home was open to jam sessions, it was also always open to young musicians who needed some mentoring and many a young person who needed a home. Thirteen years ago, Ola Belle suffered a severe stroke. Her husband Bud and sister Thule Reynolds took care of her with love and grace. Friends stopped by to visit or to sing. I was there just a few weeks before she passed on, and at Ola Belle’s bedside, Bud, Marcy Marxer and I had a good old jam session of her songs and old-time tunes. For more than 50 years Bud was by her side. She has left us not only her songs, but the inspiration to use our music well in the world. Ola Belle will be well remembered if we simply sing.—Cathy Fink



Click on link below to hear Ola Belle speaking about her music in her own words, and to hear play and sing "High On A Mountain."

http://www.baymoon.com/~audio/ola.ram

And, here is a wonderful version of Ola Belle's "I've Endured" played by the great Riley Buagus in Ireland in 2005,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOi1_ZXGu9U


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High On A Mountain

Ole Belle Reed

High on a mountain top, standing all alone
Wondering where the years of my life have flown
High on a mountaintop, wind blowing free
Thinking about the days that used to be

As I look at the valleys down below
They are green just as far as I can see
As my memories return, oh how my heart did yearn
For you and the days that used to be

High on a mountain top, standing all alone
Wondering where the years of my life have flown
High on a mountaintop, wind blowing free
Thinking about the days that used to be

Well, I wonder if you ever think of me
Or has time erased your memory
As I listen to the breeze whisper gently through the trees
I wonder if you ever think of me

High on a mountain top, standing all alone
Wondering where the years of my life have flown
High on a mountaintop, wind blowing free
Thinking about the days that used to be


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"I've Endured"

(Played in a wonderfully kicked up way on Tim O'Brien's great album called Traveler)

David Arthur Reed and Ola Belle Reed, Midstream Music Publishers, BMI

Born in the mountains, many years ago
Climbed these hills and valleys through the rain and snow
I've seen the lightning flashin', heard the thunder roll

I've endured, I've endured, how long must one endure

Barefoot in the summer, on into the fall
Too many mouths to feed, they couldn't clothe us all
Sent to church on Sunday to learn the golden rule

I've endured, I've endured, how long must one endure

I've worked for the rich, I've lived with the poor
I've seen many heartaches and I'll see many more
I've lived, loved, and sorrowed, been through success's door

I've endured, I've endured, how long must one endure




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOi1_ZXGu9U



[Edited on 10/3/2007 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 01:46 PM
Derek---cool stuff on the band name!! Merle Fest sounds awesome...
Mule Brother---nice to hear others out there with my strange tastes Heard ya got a great show at the concert you attended!! AMY is a sweetheart, as is LEVON we were old time,part time 30 year residents of Woodstock & got to know the HELMS & the neighborly musicians---wonderful town during our years there & LEVON was a big part of the joy,fun,spirit,& super music up there!!!

[Edited on 10/3/2007 by dadof2boys]

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 05:11 PM
I have both Ollabelle CDs.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 05:35 PM
Effie - thanks for the intro to Ollabelle! Really like what I heard on the video - have added that to my 'new music I must have' list.

Derek - great info on the source of the bands name and on Ola Belle Reed. I always enjoy learning more about mountain music in your posts!

 

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