Saturday, September 17th at 7pm
Simply put, Alice Gerrard is a talent of legendary status. In a career spanning some 50 years, she has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has in turn earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music.
Hoppin’ John is delighted to present this special Saturday evening concert on Carson’s Grove Stage, featuring Alice and some friends.
Alice is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s. The duo produced four classic LPs (recently reissued by Rounder on CD) and influenced scores of young women singers.
Alice’s four solo albums were released to critical acclaim in Billboard, Bluegrass Unlimited, New Country, and other publications. These superb recordings showcase Alice’s many talents: her compelling, eclectic songwriting; her powerful, hard-edged vocals; and her instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Her most recent album, Follow the Music was nominated for a 2015 Grammy.
Alice has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including projects with many
traditional musicians such as Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris, Luther
Davis and Matokie Slaughter. With her in-depth knowledge of mountain
music, she has produced or written liner notes for a dozen more. She also co-produced
and appeared in two documentary films. A tireless advocate of traditional music, Alice has won numerous honors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award, a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Tommy Jarrell Award, and an Indy Award.
In 1987 Alice founded The Old-Time Herald and the Old-Time Music Group, a non- profit organization that oversees publication of The Old-Time Herald. Alice served as editor-in-chief of The Old-Time Herald from 1987 till 2003. She continues to perform solo and with Tom Sauber ad Brad Leftwich, the Herald Angels, and Beverly Smith.