Pioneering Women of Bluegrass

Pioneering Women of Bluegrass

by Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074006528
catalogNumber:
40065

Tracks

  1. T.B. Blues
  2. The One I Love Is Gone
  3. Who's That Knocking?
  4. Walkin' in My Sleep
  5. Won't You Come and Sing for Me?
  6. Can't You Hear Me Callin'
  7. Darling Nellie Across the Sea
  8. Coal Miner's Blues
  9. Sugar Tree Stomp
  10. Train on the Island
  11. Cowboy Jim
  12. Lee Highway Blues
  13. Memories of Mother and Dad
  14. Long Black Veil
  15. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
  16. Difficult Run
  17. Mommy, Please Stay Home with Me
  18. Gabriel's Call
  19. Just Another Broken Heart
  20. A Distant Land to Roam
  21. John Henry
  22. I Just Got Wise
  23. Lover's Return
  24. A Tiny Broken Heart
  25. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  26. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling

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