by Sean Jewell :: Bluegrass music is the music of the Appalachian Mountains. Like those mountains, Ola Belle Reed’s influence, memory, songs, and family reach across time, from Ola Belle’s birthplace in Lansing, NC all the way up to Rising Sun, MD. Her voice is solid, woody, and rises like the smoke above the trees […]

Oxford American Southern Music Issue 15

Every year we write on these pages about what a cool mag Oxford American is. And although all issues of this “quarterly magazine of good southern writing” are great, it’s the annual Southern Music Issue that grabs headlines with a double CD (included) of songs from a particular southern state. This year it’s the great state […]