The music and legacy of Ola Belle Reed will be celebrated at Bristol Museum

Published 4:45 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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A captivating evening of music, history, and culture will be celebrated during a special preview screening of the documentary film “I’ve Endured”: The Music and Legacy of Ola Belle Red.” The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
This extraordinary documentary delves into the life and work of the renowned bluegrass and old-time musician, Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002). The film, produced in collaboration with Ola Belle Reed and the Southern Diaspora, a distinguished exhibit at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, artfully contextualizes Reed’s accomplishments within the backdrop of 20th century migration from rural Appalachia to the north. Through a combination of insightful interviews, mesmerizing performances, and precious archival footage, the documentary offers a profound understanding of Reed’s lasting impact on generations of musicians who were inspired by her remarkable songwriting and performances.
Attendees are invited to be part of a virtual Q&A session with scholar and filmmaker Bill Shewbridge upon conclusion of the 45-minute film, offering a unique opportunity to gain deeper insight into the making of the film and the intricate layers of Ola Belle Reed’s legacy.
The screening and Q&A serves as complimentary programming to the highly acclaimed special exhibit, “I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music,” on display now at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum through the end of the year.

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