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The Old Fashioned #24

Ola Belle Reed

We noticed that roots music shero Ola Belle Reed was born and died in August, in 1916 and 2002 respectively, and we wanted to pay homage to this songwriter, singer, instrumentalist and force of nature. So set three features four of her greatest songs, two sung by her and two by other artists. We drew from the Folkways compilation Rising Sun Melodies from 2010, which is a great resource about her impactful career. New this week, a wonderfully arcane track from young old timer Daniel Ullom, Becky Buller’s take on a James Taylor song and a harmony-rich cut from the Tennessee Bluegrass Band. And we offer classic recordings from Hazel and Alice, J.E. Mainer and Rhonda Vincent.

Blue Ridge Mountain Ramblers - Cricket On The Hearth
Daniel Ullom - There's Another Baby Waiting For Me
Earl White Stringband - Wolf Creek
Russ Carson - Bugle Call Rag
Becky Buller - Millworker
Never Come Down - Sleepin'
JE Mainer - Make Me Down A Pallet On Your Floor
Rhonda Vincent - Kentucky Borderline
Andy Edmonds - Benton's Dream
Roan Mountain Hilltoppers - Sourwood Mountain
Ola Belle Reed - High On A Mountain
Nefesh Mountain - I've Endured
Crooked Still - Undone In Sorrow
Ola Belle Reed - Springtime of Life -
The Tennessee Bluegrass Band - Far From You
The Price Sisters - A Heart Never Knows
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard - Montana Cowboy
George Guthrie And Ellery Marshall - The Cuckoo

Craig Havighurst is WMOT's music news producer and host of The String, a show featuring conversations on culture, media and American music. New episodes of The String air on WMOT 89.5 in Middle Tennessee on Mondays at 8 pm, repeating Sundays at 7 am. Twitter and Instagram: @chavighurst.