We've told you about country singer Zane Campbell keeping weird Maryland alive, and we've told you about the folk roots planted by iconic local musician Ola Belle Reed. Those two forces converge on Campbell's new release, "Ola Wave," an album of almost entirely Reed covers—Reed is Campbell's aunt.
As producer (and former City Paper contributor) Travis Kitchens explains, Ola Wave Campbell is the name on Reed's birth certificate. She changed her name to "sound more like LuLu Belle and Scotty and other popular country acts of that time," Kitchens writes.
The title track, a Zane Campbell original, tells this story. You can stream it below.
Of the 11 songs, nine are covers, one of which, Zane's rendition of 'Springtime of Life,' you can hear below as well.
"Ola Wave" was recorded in three hours at Chris Freeland's studio, Beat Babies. Campbell, singing and playing acoustic guitar, is joined by Russ Carson on banjo—the same instrument he plays for Ricky Skaggs' band Kentucky Thunder—and Patrick McAvinue on fiddle. Expect a release on Spotify and Bandcamp by January.