Greetings from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings,
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the , the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among people through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.
From reviewing your website, we think a recent episode of “Tapestry of Times”, a new weekly radio program and podcast form WYPR public radio in Baltimore that explores the Smithsonian Folkways collection, would be of interest to your users. The episode, entitled “Ola Belle Reed: An Enduring Legacy” (http://www.tapestryofthetimes.org/shows/archive/episode_27.php) is online now and takes an in-depth look into the life and legacy of Ola Belle Reed, the influential singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, with testimonials, interviews, and original on-site recordings. It’s a must-listen for any fans of Ola Belle Reed, bluegrass, and old-time music, or compelling storytelling in general. The show is available for free stream or download, via the podcast.
Listen to the podcast: (http://www.tapestryofthetimes.org/shows/archive/episode_27.php)
Watch the video: (http://shanecarpenter.com/ola/ola.html)
See Ola Belle Reed’s Albums at Smithsonian Folkways (still in print!): (http://www.folkways.si.edu/searchresults.aspx?sPhrase=ola%20belle%20reed&sType=’phrase‘)
With your blessing, we’d like to post the above note to your message board or forum. Alternatively, you can post this on our behalf. Our goal is to spread the word about this tribute to Ola Belle Reed and Tapestry of the Times (www.tapestryofthetimes.org). In addition, we’d like to offer your listeners a discount code on any Ola Belle Reed recording from Smithsonian Folkways. Just enter “OlaBelleReed09” to save 20% off either CDs or Digital Downloads. Lastly, if you’d like a copy of an Ola Belle Reed CD to give away to one of your members as a contest, just let us know!
Please contact us if this interests you. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you.
A note to all my readers: Ola Belle Reed was an amazing musician. A true pioneer of American music. There’s even a festival named after her. I strongly encourage all of you to listen to the podcast, watch the video, and support the fine folks at Folkways.