Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Ollabelle are a six-person, New York City-based band that celebrates rural American roots music, as well as the joys of group singing. What started as a side project became a bona fide group, named in honor of country sing... more »
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Ollabelle are a six-person, New York City-based band that celebrates rural American roots music, as well as the joys of group singing. What started as a side project became a bona fide group, named in honor of country singer and songwriter Ola Belle Reed. They mix traditional songs (including "Jesus on the Mainline," "Soul of a Man," and "John the Revelator") with originals, the latter sounding every bit as timeless as the former. Lead singer Amy Helm has had no shortage of exposure to honest music, her father being Levon Helm of the Band. The rest of the band includes singing instrumentalists with varied but nicely overlapping backgrounds. While a number of the songs wrap themselves in spare and acoustic simplicity, they also embrace the more urban bearing of unobtrusively electric blues and funky gospel. Singing over a pulsing rhythm section or an organ-based combo, Helm sounds strikingly (and surprisingly) like Julie Driscoll (later Tippett), who fronted Trinity with Brian Auger in the 1960s. This debut is post-Harry Smith, post-Alan Lomax music at its finest. --David Greenberger
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C. Jensen | Southern CA, USA | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is the perfect collection of songs for those drawn to slide guitar and dobro. It would be great for those interested in a gospel theme without sounding like gospel music, if that makes sense. If you like the blues, if you like great harmonies, interesting acoustic work and songs that sound about a hundred years old from the South, give this a try. There are at least 3 lead vocalists in this group - good variety or better - diversity of sound. They are fabulous on stage - a real tribute to their talent. I'm waiting for their next release."
Is it gospel or not?
K. Cooper | Phila. area | 09/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There seems to be much debate in the other reviews as to how to classify this material. Some of the songs ARE gospel and some clearly are not. But really- WHO CARES? You can classify some songs as this or that but the entire CD shows a range of styles,
The misic is all well done and seems to be a descendant of the Band's music as Amy Helm is the daughter of Levon, the great Band singer and drummer. This is agreat debut rrom a band with a lot of potential."
Good News from a Good Band!
Stephan Heinlein | Fair Haven, NJ United States | 04/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gospel means, as the translation yearns for accuracy, The Good News (God Spell)! This music definitely conveys a positive message. The musicians are genuine, even though they do not hail from authentic places on the map that typically produce Americana/Blues/Gospel music. You say from...the East Village of Manhattan? I read somewhere that the band's beginning--or genesis, to remain in the proper vernacular--at Gospel nights jam session at a local church; for local NYC musicians following September the Eleventh. 2001.
I like the music because it sounds good; no great. But I love the music because of what it imparts--Tomorrow will be better than today, and yesterday wasn't all that bad because there was hope in today!