The Handsome Ladies are pleased to be a co-presenting community outreach partner for a new documentary about the life and music of Alice Gerrard. The film will be screened during the Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley, CA on October 10.
Following the film, Alice Gerrard will be performing at Sweetwater Music hall.
About the film:
Having discovered that 'high lonesome sound' as a college student, Alice Gerrard became a pioneer of the traditional music canon. Perhaps best known for her longtime collaboration with Hazel Dickens (aka "Hazel & Alice")—a duo thought to be the first female bluegrass bandleaders—Gerrard’s career spans over 50 years. As a musician, singer, songwriter, student, and teacher of "old time" music, Gerrard bridged traditional and bluegrass music, inspiring the likes of Emmylou Harris and Laurie Lewis—who both appear in the film—among others. You Gave Me a Song reveals an unstoppable force, one who took part in an interracial music tour of the South to challenge segregation, received a Grammy® nomination at 80, and boldly blazed a path for new generations of women musicians to follow. In Gerrard’s world, the power of traditional music is in its connection to the working class, and to everyday life—and hers has been an extraordinary one, dedicated to the heart and soul of music.