A BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL - The Life and Music of Ola Belle Campbell Reed
Mike Seeger wrote this about A BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL – The Life and Music of Ola Belle Campbell Reed:
“Thanks for the Olabelle book, much appreciated… there’s much good
to read and learn there.”
I am excited to announce that this book is available! Thank you for your emails of support. I will have the book at the Ola Belle Reed Homecoming Festival (www.olabellefest.com) in North Carolina, in August. I am going to try to have it available at the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music Festival at the end of August (www.brandywinefriends.org). It will be at the Common Ground on the Hill Festival (www.commongroundonthehill.org) the first and second weeks of July.
A BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL = $17.95 + Tax ($1.08) + $5 for shipping and handling. Order A BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL & Waiting for the Day (companion CD) for only $25 (includes tax) + $5 for shipping.
You can order the book by sending a check or money order to:
Broad Valley Orchard Publications
1934 Wenksville Rd
Biglerville, PA 17307
Yes, there is a companion CD called Waiting for the Day that has a number of banjo tunes on it in Ola Belle’s style from Chapter 5. They are great to play along with as you are learning this traditional style. If you purchase this with the book the price is only $8. (+$.48 tax if you are in PA). Purchased separately, the price is $10 + $2 shipping and handling + tax ($.60 if you are in PA).
The best way to preserve an antique quilt is to wrap it up and store it, away from the air and light of day, in a cedar chest. The best way to preserve a folksong or an old banjo style is to play it, out in the air and light of day, often.
WHAT’S IN THIS BOOK?
Chapter 1 covers the years that Ola Belle grew up in North Carolina, and the beginning of her musical career.
Chapter 2 tells about her young adult life in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and how her career grew and changed.
Chapter 3 Ola Belle has met Bud. Her life and career grow and eventually come full circle.
CHAPTER 4: THE COMPOSITIONS OF OLA BELLE CAMPBELL REED CONTENTS
Chapter 4 Contains 23 of Ola Belle’s songs, complete with melody line, words, and banjo tablature in Ola Belle’s style. This section begins with an introduction of how to play Ola Belle’s banjo style.
INTRODUCTION TO THE MUSIC AND BANJO STYLE
BURY ME AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN
FOR MY SAVIOR HOLDS THE GUIDING LIGHT
GO HOME LITTLE GIRL
GONNA WRITE ME A LETTER
HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN
I KNOW I’VE LOST
I’VE JUST GOT TO SEE YOU ONCE MORE
ONLY THE LEADING ROLE WILL DO
SING ME A SONG
SPRINGTIME OF LIFE
UNDONE IN SORROW (OVER YONDER IN THE GRAVEYARD)
WHERE THE WILD, WILD FLOWERS GROW
WINGS OF AN EAGLE
YOU DON’T TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME ANYMORE
YOU LED ME TO THE WRONG
CHAPTER 5: SONGS, BALLADS, AND GOSPEL TUNES
Chapter 5 Contains 27 traditional songs from Ola Belle’s repertoire complete with melody, words, and banjo tablature in Ola Belle’s style
BLUES IN MY MIND
BOAT’S UP THE RIVER
CLUCK OLD HEN
DOWN AMONG THE BUDDED ROSES
DOWN IN THE WILLOW GARDEN
FAIR AND TENDER HEARTED LADIES
FLY ALL AROUND MY PRETTY LITTLE MISS
IF BROTHER JACK WERE HERE
I HATE THAT TRAIN THAT CARRIED MY GIRL FROM TOWN
I’M JUST HERE TO GET MY BABY OUT OF JAIL
IT AIN’T GOING TO RAIN NO MORE
MY DONEY, WHERE YOU BEEN SO LONG?
THE NEW RIVER TRAIN
PREACHER AND THE BEAR
SAILOR ON THE DEEP BLUE SEA
SOWING ON THE MOUNTAIN
TWO LITTLE ROSEBUDS
WHEN I LAY MY BURDENS DOWN
More later. Judy