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Ola Belle Reed

Influence not bound by gender

Henry Glassie photo

In 2009, seven years after the death of Ola Belle Reed, Maryland state folklorist Clifford Murphy set out to unearth how her mountain music was playing out in the small towns where her music had flourished. more

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“Your background is all you have; it starts you off.”

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Fifty years ago, when she was fifty, Ola Belle Reed looked back to tell the story of her life. For months we had been recording her songs. Now it was time for her life. more

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