• “Agate Hill”
  • “Belle of the Ball”
  • “Bittersweet”
  • “Custom Made Woman Blues”
  • “Galax Waltz”
  • “Whole Lot of Used to Be”

Early Influences

  • Family
  • Jeremy Foster
  • Mike Seeger
  • Hazel Dickens
  • Bill Monroe
  • Stanley Brothers
  • Texas Gladden
  • Wilma Lee Cooper
  • Molly O’ Day

From the Archives

We had some good times back in ‘55 . . . . New River Ranch and Sunset Park, the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Alex and Ola Belle, Jim and Jesse, Don Reno and Red Smiley, Wilma Lee and Stoney . . . Hazel or Alyse [Taubman] would fix huge picnic dinners for everyone, and usually some musician or other would help us eat it. We’d hang around and talk with Ola Belle or Carter or Bill, or go out to the parking lot and play and sing. It would be hot and sticky, we’d get home late, and we loved every minute of it.
Alice Gerrard in liner notes to Hazel & Alice, Rounder Records, 1973.
We just lived and breathed music. That’s all we wanted to do. And that area [Washington, D.C./Baltimore] was . . . this great cultural meeting place. There were so many people who came from the South to get work, and there was an urban, middle class of college-educated and professional people who were becoming interested in this music. There was a core group . . . they were seeking out the players of this music.
Quoted by Jack Bernhardt in “With a Song in Her Heart: The Musical Journey of Alice Gerrard,” The Old-Time Herald, March/Summer 2005.
I feel like it’s great that Hazel’s gotten the recognition that she’s gotten. The only time it bothers me is when I feel like people ignore my contribution to the two of us. Because it was a very equal contribution, it wasn’t just Hazel. It was our vision and it was just as much my contribution to material and arranging as it was hers.
Quoted by Murphy Henry in Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass, University of Illinois Press, 2013.