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Alice Gerrard

In a career spanning 50+ years, Alice Gerrard has made an indelible mark on the history of traditional music. Alice’s groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s produced four classic LPs (recently reissued by Rounder) and influenced scores of young women singers. Her subsequent four solo albums—including Bittersweet, produced by Laurie Lewis, and Follow the Music ,produced by Mike Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger— further showcased Alice’s many talents: her compelling, eclectic songwriting; her powerful, hard-edged vocals; and her instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Alice’s 2015 album, Follow the Music was nominated for a Grammy. Her most recent release, Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes 1965-1969 on Free Dirt records, has found critical acclaim for its intimate peak into previously unheard Hazel and Alice practice tapes.

Alice has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including projects with many traditional musicians such as Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris, Luther Davis and Matokie Slaughter; with Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich as Tom, Brad & Alice, with the Harmony Sisters,  the Herald Angels, Beverly Smith, and with Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. 

A tireless advocate of traditional music, Alice has won numerous honors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award, a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Tommy Jarrell Award, and an Indy Award. In 2017, Alice was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame along with Hazel Dickens. In 1987, Alice founded The Old-Time Herald and the Old-Time Music Group, a non-profit organization that oversees its publication. Alice served as editor-in-chief of The Old-Time Herald from 1987 till 2003.

She continues to perform, teach and document and can be found most afternoons at the dog park with her beloved pit bull, Polly.

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Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard   Sing Me Back Home the DC Tapes 1965-69

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Sing Me Back Home the DC Tapes 1965-69

Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice  Tear Down the Fences

Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice
Tear Down the Fences

Piedmont Melody Makers  Wonderful World Outside

Piedmont Melody Makers
Wonderful World Outside

Alice Gerrard  Bittersweet

Alice Gerrard
Bittersweet

Alice Gerrard  Follow the Music

Alice Gerrard
Follow the Music

Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith  The Cherry Tree

Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith The Cherry Tree

Matokie Slaughter  and The Back Buddies  Saro

Matokie Slaughter
and The Back Buddies
Saro

Alice, Gail and Sharon   The Road to Agate Hill

Alice, Gail and Sharon
The Road to Agate Hill

Alice Gerrard  Calling Me Home, Songs of Love and Loss

Alice Gerrard Calling Me Home, Songs of Love and Loss

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard   Pioneering Women  of Bluegrass

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Pioneering Women
of Bluegrass

Tom, Brad & Alice  Carve That Possum

Tom, Brad & Alice
Carve That Possum

Alice Gerrard & Mike Seeger  Bowling Green

Alice Gerrard & Mike Seeger
Bowling Green

Tom, Brad & Alice  We'll Die in  the Pig Pen Fighting

Tom, Brad & Alice
We'll Die in
the Pig Pen Fighting

Strange Creek Singers   Strange Creek Singers


Strange Creek Singers
Strange Creek Singers

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard   Hazel & Alice

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Hazel & Alice