Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard

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American folk & bluegrass duo active from the mid 1960s - mid 1970s. Initially a duo, they came to be regularly backed by banjo player Lamar Grier and multi-instrumentalist Tracy Schwarz. This ensemble, joined by Mike Seeger, would also tour and record as Strange Creek Singers.

During the early to mid-1960s, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, two friends living in the Baltimore/Washington DC area started to play bluegrass music together-a heretofore almost exclusively male bastion-creating a style, a repertoire, and a consciousness all their own-and in the process making history. This early music was documented on two Folkways recordings which have recently been compiled into one CD and reissued on Smithsonian/Folkways (Pioneering Women of Bluegrass Music). During the late 1960s and the 1970s they toured together, most often with the Southern Folk Festival, a group dedicated to bringing traditional music as a reflection of southern experience and struggles to southern audiences. During this time Hazel and Alice made two recordings on Rounder Records (Hazel & Alice 0027, and Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard 0054). These albums showcased their creative songwriting skills, and their imaginative arrangements of well-chosen material. The Rounder 0027, relying mainly on the two women duet singing and their own instrumental skill with its more sparse sound, is considered one of the most influential of all their recordings and with its recent reissue on CD, has gained a new life and the chance to influence another generation of musicians.
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FV 9005 Who's That Knocking? And Other Bluegrass Music — Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel Dickens And Alice Foster* Who's That Knocking? And Other Bluegrass Music (Album) Verve Folkways FV 9005 US 1965 Sell This Version
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0027 Hazel & Alice — Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel & Alice* Hazel & Alice (Album) Rounder Records 0027 US 1973 Sell This Version
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FTS 31034 Won't You Come & Sing For Me? — Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel & Alice* Won't You Come & Sing For Me? (Album) Folkways Records FTS 31034 US 1973 Sell This Version
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0054 Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard — Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard (Album) Rounder Records 0054 US 1976 Sell This Version
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DIRT-LP-0087 Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 — Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 (Album) Free Dirt Records DIRT-LP-0087 US 2018 Sell This Version
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Compilations

SF CD 40065 Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass — Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard* Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass(CD, Comp, RM) Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40065 US 1996 Sell This Version