Pioneering Women of Bluegrass
Alice Gerrard & Hazel Dickens
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Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard recorded a couple of albums in the mid-'60s that are now acknowledged as groundbreakers in demonstrating that women could play and record quality bluegrass. This collection remasters and re-sequences 26 tracks from the sessions, as well as adding lengthy historical liner notes, much of them contributed by the performers themselves. Historical significance aside, it's pretty good bluegrass, the two singers and instrumentalists supported by other good musicians, including a young David Grisman. Their set leaned heavily on covers of tunes by the Carter Family and Bill Monroe (who specifically gave "I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling" to the duo), with additional items by the Delmore Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, and the like. Alice Gerrard's low vocals give this a greater gravity than much bluegrass. A special highlight is their cover of the magnificently mournful "The One I Love Is Gone," another tune that Monroe donated to the pair. Inverting the usual bluegrass cliché, one might call it an example of the low and lonesome sound.
Old Time Bluegrass
The remastered album is wonderful. It sounds crisp, and clear, as apposed to tinny and worn. A worthwhile investment for any bluegrass fan. These are the women who changed the face of bluegrass music, and it's not hard to hear why.
This where it's at. If you like Hot Rize, Tim o'brien, Gillian Welch, or any bluegrass with traditional ties, BUY THIS ALBUM!
Born: July 8, 1934 in Seattle, WA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
Top Albums and Songs by Alice Gerrard
||Banjo Picking Girl||Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard||3:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Walkin' In My Sleep||Pioneering Women of Bluegrass||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There||Hazel & Alice||3:48||Free||View in iTunes|
||West Virginia My Home||Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard||3:38||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The One I Love Is Gone||Pioneering Women of Bluegrass||3:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Long Black Veil||Pioneering Women of Bluegrass||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Won't You Come and Sing for Me?||Classic Bluegrass, Vol. 2 from Smithsonian Folkways||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The One I Love Is Gone||No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 2||3:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Working Girl Blues||Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard||3:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||True Life Blues||O Sister! The Women's Bluegrass Collection||2:37||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Won't You Come and Sing for Me||Pioneering Women of Bluegrass||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|