Bluegrass music legends Jerry McCoury, Bobby Hicks and Terry Baucom will perform on stage together for the first time at the 9th Annual Ola Belle Reed Music Festival in Lansing.
McCoury, Hicks and Baucom will be joined by friends including Ola Belle’s son, David Reed, along with Eric Hardin of the Troubadors. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.
McCoury, hired by Ola Belle at 15, has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass Music - including his brother, Del McCoury, a Grand Ole Opry Member and Bluegrass Hall of Famer, as well as legendary banjo player, Don Reno. A 2013 tour of “The Masters of Bluegrass” featured McCoury on bass and vocals.
Hicks, a self-taught fiddle player from the age of 9 has earned three Gold Records and one Platinum, and is a 10-time Grammy Award winner. He has played with Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs and more. Hicks was recently awarded the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award.
Baucom, acclaimed for his driving banjo style, helped form some of the most ground-breaking bands in Bluegrass Music: Boone Creek (with Jerry Douglas and Ricky Skaggs), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out. Baucom was the winner of the 2013 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year.
Ola Belle Reed (1916-2002), a legendary country singer, was a strong force for good and touched countless lives. She was an acclaimed songwriter and musician, recognized by the Smithsonian, the National Endowment of the Arts and many additional organizations. Such celebrated artists as Marty Stuart, Del McCoury and the incomparable Tim O’Brien have recorded her signature song, “High on a Mountain.”
This year’s festival takes place over two days, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday Aug. 8, and from nooon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, featuring top-notch award winning visiting and local musicians from Americana, Bluegrass, Old-time, Country, Celtic and Folk traditions.
Performers include: Big Country Bluegrass, Wayne Henderson, Charles Welch, The VW Boys, Whitetop Mtn Band, Crooked Road Ramblers, Rock Bottom Bluegrass, Time Sawyer, The Amigos Band and more. New this year are Late Night performances featuring Melissa Reaves at 10 p.m. on Friday, and The Harris Brothers at 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Ashe County native Cindy Baucom will once again serve as emcee for the festival. Her enthusiasm for the festival is rooted in her love of mountain music, Ashe County and an early association with Ola Belle Reed. Her nationally syndicated radio show, “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” is broadcast in almost 100 markets each week.
The Ola Belle Reed Music Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the life and music of this remarkable woman in the locale where her life’s journey began, the small community of Lansing, along the New River in the mountains of North Carolina. The festival is a community-based event and fundraiser sponsored by the Greater Lansing Area Development Committee (GLAD), a 501(c)3 organization committed to the revitalization of Lansing.
The group consists of community volunteers who are dedicated to this annual event in the spirit of Appalachian tradition.
Tickets for both days costs $15, while Friday only tickets are $5 and Saturday tickets are $15.
For more information and to purchase tickets online go to: http://www.olabellefest.com/. The festival organizers can also be reached by phone at (336) 384-3938 and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For camping information, call (336) 384-4311.