Alice Gerrard

Durham-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Alice Gerrard is widely recognized as one of the most influential living old-time and bluegrass musicians. Since beginning her recording career with singer Hazel Dickens in a duo known as Hazel and Alice in the late 1960s, Gerrard has achieved legendary status for her expressive voice, powerful songwriting, brilliant interpretive skills, and mastery of the guitar, fiddle, and banjo. Small wonder, then, that country superstar Naomi Judd cites Gerrard as an inspiration, stating, "The Judds owe Hazel and Alice a sincere thank you not only for showing us how to take our first musical step, but for continuing to help preserve old-time music."

During a career spanning more than four decades, Gerrard has released three solo albums, four albums with Dickens, two duet albums with Mike Seeger, and multiple recordings as a member of the Strange Creek Singers, the Harmony Sisters, and Tom, Brad, and Alice. In addition, she has been a guest on recording projects by such heralded bluegrass and old-time players as Peter Rowan, Tommy Jarrell, Otis Burris, and Matokie Slaughter, and toured with iconic American musicians Dock Boggs and Elizabeth Cotten, among others. Along the way, Gerrard has been awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association's Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Weekly's Indie Award, and the North Carolina Folklore Society's Tommy Jarrell Award and Brown-Hudson Award.

Gerrard is also a gifted documentarian of traditional music. She collaborated with filmmaker Les Blank on Sprout Wings and Fly, a short film about fiddler Tommy Jarrell, and has contributed extensive liner notes to many recordings, including The Old Time Way, which features old-time musicians Luther Davis and Roscoe and Leone Parish. In 1987, Gerrard founded the Old-Time Herald, a publication dedicated to traditional music, which she served as Editor-in-Chief until 2003. In the spring of 2009, Gerrard was the Lehman Brady guest professor at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, where she taught the course Documenting Traditional Music.

To this day, Alice Gerrard continues to inspire with her performances. According to acclaimed bluegrass and Americana musician Tim O'Brien, "I'm thankful people like Alice are on the scene. They show us ways to make something old into something new."

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