“Bittersweet” includes 10 new songs and 3 songs previously recorded and out of print—songs inspired by moments in her life, such as the conversation with a neighbor who came into Tommy Jarrell’s house where they were playing music, and said, “y’all sing me a song I can cry to.”
“Although I’ve had an original song or two on other recordings that I’ve done,” said Alice, now in her 70s, “I finally decided it was time do a complete album in my own voice—my songs.
Alice’s recording career began in 1965 with Who’s That Knocking? It has continued through the years with singing partners Hazel Dickens, Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, The Harmony Sisters, The Strange Creek Singers, and her many collaborations with traditional musicians such as Matokie Slaughter, Tommy Jarrell and others.
She has appeared on and collaborated with several Smithsonian Folkways compilations featuring musicians such as Elizabeth Cotten and Mike Seeger. Inventory of Alice’s field recordings and interviews with traditional musicians is archived at The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill: Alice Gerrard Music Collection, 1954-2000.
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Alice Gerrard Music
PO Box 52353
Durham NC 27717