The Women of Southern Songbirds - Ola Belle Reed

The Women of Southern Songbirds

Ola Belle Reed:

Ola Belle Reed was born in the mountains of North Carolina. She learned to pick the banjo at an early age and began writing songs about her life in the mountains. During the Depression, she moved to Baltimore with her brother Alex, where she performed on radio stations across the state. In 1954, together with her husband, Bud, she founded the popular music venue, "The New River Ranch". She has written over two hundred songs, including, "High on a Mountain", and "The Leading Role". She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award.

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