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Ola Belle Reed Festival in Lansing Stays True to the Spirit of Appalachian Tradition Aug. 10-12

Aug. 2, 2012. Featuring top-notch award winning visiting and local musicians from Americana, Bluegrass, Old-time, Country and Folk traditions, the Ola Belle Reed 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 birthplace of Ola Belle Reed. The group consists of community volunteers who are dedicated to this annual event in the spirit of Appalachian tradition. 

The Festival site is located in the town of Lansing, near the banks of Big Horse Creek and in the shadow of Phoenix Mountain. Musical acts will provide continuous day and evening concerts in addition to instrumental, songwriting and voice workshops. In addition to the artistic programming, the festival provides a craft market, food court and much more.

About Ola

Ola Belle Reed (1916-2002) 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.’

Stage Schedule

Friday, August 10, 2012
5-9 pm

5pm…Phipps Store Pickers

6pm…Great Smokey Mountain Bluegrass Band

7pm…Backporch Bluegrass

8pm…The Harris Brothers

Saturday, August 11, 2012
11:30-9 pm

Saturday Music Schedule

11:30am…Cindy Baucom and Chris Brooks

12:00pm…The Sheets Family Band

1:00pm…Great Smokey Mountain Bluegrass Band

2:00pm…Wayne Henderson & Charles Welch in a Memorial Tribute to Doc Watson

3:00pm…Big Country Bluegrass

4:00pm…The Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson

5:15pm…Jason Harrod Band

6:30pm…Time Sawyer

7:45pm…Open Jam with Jason Harrod

Saturday Workshops

12:30pm…Judy Marti on Clawhammer Banjo

1:30pm…The Sheets Family Band on Old Time Harmony

2:30pm…Jason Harrod Band on Songwriting and Guitar

3:30pm…The Sheets Family Band on Mountain Dance

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Old Time Pickin’ session under the purple tent hosted by Phipps Store Pickers. Bring your instruments, picnic, chairs and enjoy old-time music served up traditional style.


Festival organizers are actively seeking men and woman to help as volunteers for this year’s festival. Putting together an event like this is an amazing process and undertaking, but also a lot of fun. If you’d like to work on this year’s Ola Belle Reed Music Festival, fill out a contact form or contact Nita or Carl Jordan at 336-384-4400 or stop by the Lansing Grocery.

For more information, call 336-977-1320 or email lansing28643@gmail.com. For camping information, call 336-384-4311.