Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith to perform at Jones House

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Article Published: Oct. 31, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 7, 2013
Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith to perform at Jones House

Alice Gerrard will celebrate the release of her new album, ‘Bittersweet,’ with a concert with Beverly Smith at the Jones House in Boone Nov. 6.

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Celebrated old-time and bluegrass singer and instrumentalists Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith will perform at the Jones House Wednesday, Nov. 6, starting at 7 p.m., continuing the town of Boone’s indoor concert series.

“We are very excited to have these two top-notch musicians join us at the Jones House,” cultural resources coordinator Mark Freed said. “The indoor concerts at the Jones House provide an excellent place for fans of folk music to be close and personal with the artists, and the room makes for great listening.”

Gerrard is most well known for her groundbreaking collaboration with singer Hazel Dickens and the four iconic albums they released in the 1960s and ’70s. When Gerrard and Dickens recorded in the 1960s, bluegrass music was dominated by male performers, and they were two of the first women to lead a bluegrass band. Their widely admired recordings and performances made them role models for future generations of women in bluegrass and country music, including such notable musicians as Alison Krauss, Laurie Lewis and The Judds.

Gerrard has continued to play a major role in bluegrass and old-time music, with a career that spans nearly 50 years. She has known, learned from and performed with many old-time and bluegrass greats and has, in turn, earned worldwide respect for her important contributions to the music.

Her two solo albums, “Pieces of My Heart” and “Calling Me Home,” were released on the Copper Creek label in 1995 and 2004, respectively, to critical acclaim in Billboard, Bluegrass Unlimited, New Country and other publications. Her newest album, “Bittersweet,” was released earlier this year and includes new original songs.

As a musician, Gerrard has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including projects with many traditional musicians, such as Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris and Matokie Slaughter. As an expert with in-depth knowledge of mountain music, she has produced more than a dozen albums and co-produced documentary films.

In 1987, she founded the Old-Time Herald and Old-Time Music Group, a non-profit organization that oversees the magazine’s publication, and she served as the editor from 1987 until 2003. For many years, Gerrard ran the Traditional Tent at MerleFest.

Smith is one of the most respected musicians in old-time music today, and she is in great demand as a guitarist, singer, fiddler and dance caller. A founding member of the Heartbeats with Tara Nevins, June Drucker and Rose Sinclair from 1985 to 1995, Smith was also a member of Big Hoedown with Bruce Molsky, who performed at the Jones House last month. Most recently, Smith has performed and toured with Carl Jones, with whom she recorded three highly praised albums.

Smith has recorded with artists from a variety of folk styles, including legendary Irish musicians Mick Moloney and John Doyle, bluegrass great Laurie Lewis and numerous old-time musicians, including Art Rosenbaum, Brad Leftwich, Tom Sauber, Mac Traynham and Rayna Gellert.

“Alice and Beverly will be hot off of a European tour,” Freed said, “and this will be their first stop in the U.S., as they travel to promote Alice’s newest recording, ‘Bittersweet,’ which will be available at the concert.”

The concert is being produced by the town of Boone and sponsored in conjunction with the Black and Global Banjo Roots series, which continues efforts to promote banjo-roots and folk music that began with the Black Banjo Gathering in 2005 at Appalachian State University.

Gerrard and Smith will perform at 7 p.m. in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House. The performance has limited seating, and advanced reservations are recommended. Tickets for the performance are $20 each, and reservations can be made by calling or stopping by the Jones House, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

For more information, contact Mark Freed at (828) 262-4576 or email (

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