Where The Wild Wild Flowers Grow: The Songs Of Ola Belle Reed (Okra-Tone/KOCH)

Where The Wild Wild Flowers GrowROLLING STONE.COM: “Thank you Elena Skye and Boo Reiners for honoring the late Ola Belle Reed, a remarkable banjoist, songwriter and Appalachian music legend.”

LENNY KAYE/author, guitarist PATTI SMITH GROUP, ROCK & ROLL H.O.F. MEMBER: “This resurrection of a deserving and incandescent artist has all the hallmarks of a spiritual channeling: Ola Belle is recreated for a new century. May she for ever ring!”

SING OUT MAGAZINE: “With such enthusiastic, appreciative practitioners as the Demolition String Band carrying on the tradition in true form, Ola Belle’s Reed’s songs thankfully will remain with us in perpetuity. An excellent tribute to Reed’s staying power.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “This disc is a beautiful tribute to the North Carolina native and recipient of the National Endowment For The Arts National heritage Award. While Skye’s voice might be a bit smoother Ola Belle Reed’s, she and her band manage to evoke their tributee’s power and guileless delivery while bringing the music’s message into the present day.”

NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE: “The selections emphasize the most lyrical, occasionally transcendental side to Reed’s vision, her interlacing of sacred and secular themes, her personalization of blues motifs and structures, and her complete originality. The best of these songs are as good as songwriting gets, irrespective of genre, and the band’s interpretations aspire to communicate those songs directly and soulfully as possible — a modest but in no way small task.”

BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED: “Elena Skye’s resonant vocals exude a definite Ola Belle Reed influence, anyone familiar with the music of Ola Belle Reed will surely want to add these interpretations to their musical library”

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