Hazel & Alice

Hazel & Alice

by Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard


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Although Dickens and Gerrard had recorded a couple of albums as a duo in the mid-1960s, those were more traditional-minded bluegrass recordings than this 1973 effort. Several of the songs documented women's experiences in personal terms that struck a chord in many listeners involved in the women's movement, a constituency that the performers were not consciously addressing and somewhat surprised (though pleased) to reach. In fact, about half of this was devoted to traditional numbers by the likes of the Carter Family and Wilma Lee Cooper, but the original numbers brought a still-rare feminist viewpoint to folk and bluegrass music, particularly Dickens' "Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There." The songs make their points about women's struggles without being doctrinaire; the vocals (both solo and harmony) are impassioned, particularly on the Dickens a cappella showcase "Pretty Bird," and the musicianship appropriately spare. The CD reissue features extensive historical liner notes and track-by-track commentary by country music authority Charles Wolfe.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/1995
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661002722
catalogNumber: 27
Rank: 76891

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard   Primary Artist
Hazel Dickens   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer,Soloist
Mike Seeger   Banjo,Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin
Kenny Kosek   Fiddle
Richard Crooks   Drums
Alice Gerrard   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Autoharp,Vocals,Track Performer,Soloist,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Tom Gray   Bass
Lamar Grier   Banjo
Roger Mason   Bass
Carl Nelson   Fiddle,Piano
Tracy Schwarz   Dobro,Fiddle,Guitar
Buddy Charlton   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Hazel Dickens   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Utah Phillips   Composer
Mike Seeger   Engineer
David Byrne   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Alice Gerrard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Naomi Judd   Liner Notes
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes
Dale Appleman   Cover Design
Public Domain   Composer

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