You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard


Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 10, 2019 5:15 PM
Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 13, 2019 11:30 AM
Film Info
Section:Music Films
Running Time:78 min.
Director:Kenny Dalsheimer
Producer:Ashley Melzer
Kenny Dalsheimer
Cinematographer:Kenny Dalsheimer
Warren Gentry
Editor:Kelly Creedon
Print Source:The Groove Productions


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.

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Kenny Dalsheimer is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media educator based in Durham, North Carolina. He founded The Groove Productions in 1996. His films offer immersive portraits of internationally recognized artists and explore themes of social justice and have screened at colleges, on PBS stations, and at festivals worldwide. His disability rights film, A New Kind of Listening, received national recognition in 2010 as recipient of the Positive Images in Media Award. Kenny received his MA in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985.