Rising Sun Melodies

Rising Sun Melodies

Ola Belle Reed SFW40202

Ola Belle Reed was a trailblazing force for women in bluegrass music, an Appalachian woman of hard-earned talent and generous ways who delivered honest music sung from the heart. Her songs "I've Endured," "High on the Mountain," "My Epitaph," and many others forge real-life experiences into music steeled with determination, family tradition, and commanding presence. Classic tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways and Smithsonian Folklife Festival archives remind us why the light of Ola Belle's music shines brightly to this day. 8 previously unreleased tracks, 40-page booklet with photos, 61 minutes.

  • Tracks 1-11 are selections from two Ola Belle Reed albums recorded for Folkways Records: My Epitaph (FW02493) and All In One Evening (FW02329)
  • Tracks 12-19 are previously unreleased live performances from Smithsonian Folklife Festivals in 1972 and 1976.

Please enjoy a free download of "Look Down That Lonesome Road"

Look Down That Lonesome RoadMP3 FLAC

Interview with family and friends of Ola Belle Reed

Year Released 2010
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright (p) (c) 2010 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Bluegrass; Old Time

Download Liner Notes

101 I've Endured Ola Belle Reed 2:49
102 Ola Belle's Blues Ola Belle Reed 2:18
103 Springtime of Life Ola Belle Reed 4:19
104 Bonaparte's Retreat Ola Belle Reed 2:46
105 Foggy Mountain Top Ola Belle Reed 2:29
106 Fortunes Ola Belle Reed 4:12
107 High on the Mountain Ola Belle Reed 3:02
108 Sweet Evalina Ola Belle Reed 2:43
109 Sing Me a Song Ola Belle Reed 4:28
110 Tear Down the Fences Ola Belle Reed 3:34
111 My Epitaph Ola Belle Reed 3:13
112 Look Down That Lonesome Road Ola Belle Reed 2:40
113 Undone in Sorrow Ola Belle Reed 3:16
114 I Believe in the Old Time Way Ola Belle Reed 2:56
115 Nine Pound Hammer Ola Belle Reed 3:21
116 I am the Man, Thomas Ola Belle Reed 3:26
117 I've Endured Ola Belle Reed 2:35
118 Ranger's Command Ola Belle Reed 2:56
119 I Saw the Light Ola Belle Reed 4:57
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