Special Preview of "I've Endured": The Music and Legacy of Ola Belle Reed - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Special Preview of “I’ve Endured”: The Music and Legacy of Ola Belle Reed

Black-and-white photograph of three musicians: a young man with light brown hair, standing with guitar; a middle-aged woman in old-fashioned clothes, sitting with banjo (Ola Belle Reed); and an older man in a dark jacket standing with a guitar.

BRISTOL, Tenn.-Va. (Aug. 10, 2023) – Mark your calendars for a captivating evening of music, history and culture as part of a special preview screening of the documentary film ‘”I’ve Endured”: The Music and Legacy of Ola Belle Reed.’ The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 28, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Please pre-register to attend this free event.

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.

To pre-register and for more information, visit the Events page at the BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.