“A Banjo Pickin’ Girl”

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A BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL – The Life and Music of Ola Belle Campbell Reed by Judy Marti (Broad Valley Orchard Publications)

from http://www.countysales.com:

Those who knew Ola Belle Reed at all will appreciate this interesting book about her life and her music. Written by a devoted fan, the book is primarily a collection of 22 of Ola Belle’s own songs, plus another couple dozen old traditional numbers that she enjoyed playing.

The first 45 pages of the book describe her life, in 3 stages: her upbringing in the North Carolina mountains near the New River, the 15 years that she lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania (1934-1949), and the more than 50 years that she spent around Rising Sun, Maryland and New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

She and her brother Alex Campbell were fixtures at the New River Ranch and Sunset Park country music parks that were so popular in the 1940s and 50s. A great storyteller and a good singer, she could play the old ballads accompanying herself with banjo or guitar, and she made some excellent recordings over the years, including a couple of country flavored Bluegrass LPs for the Starday label, and later efforts for Rounder.

The latter included many of her own songs, such as I’VE ENDURED, MY EPITAPH, SPRINGTIME OF LIFE, YOU LED ME TO THE WRONG and the classic HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN. Seeing all of her songs here in words & music gets one to more fully appreciate the work that she did. This is a really nice tribute to a special woman. $ 17.50

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