Hazel Dickens / Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / Alice Gerrard

Pioneering Women of Bluegrass

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Dickens and Gerrard recorded a couple of albums in the mid-1960s that are now acknowledged as groundbreakers in demonstrating that women could play and record quality bluegrass. This collection remasters and resequences 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 instrumentals 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 the cover of the magnificently mournful "The One I Love Is Gone," another tune that Monroe donated to the pair. Inverting the usual bluegrass cliche, one might call it an example of the low and lonesome sound.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:28 Amazon
2 3:11 Amazon
3 3:00 Amazon
4 2:10 Amazon
5 2:47 Amazon
6 3:16 Amazon
7 2:22 Amazon
8 2:44 Amazon
9 2:08 Amazon
10
1:44 Amazon
11 2:05 Amazon
12 1:42 Amazon
13 2:39 Amazon
14 3:22 Amazon
15 2:58 Amazon
16 1:35 Amazon
17 3:13 Amazon
18 2:16 Amazon
19 2:45 Amazon
20 3:02 Amazon
21 1:50 Amazon
22 2:29 Amazon
23 3:09 Amazon
24 3:05 Amazon
25 2:16 Amazon
26 3:06 Amazon
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