Song Premiere: Alice Gerrard, “Boll Weevil”

Jayson Greene

By Jayson Greene

on 09.25.14 in News

Alice Gerrard is a bluegrass and old-time music legend, someone whose influence extends back several decades. Her rough, deep voice conceals a glowing ember of tenderness, making her the ideal vehicle for the bracing music she sings. Her forthcoming record Follow The Music was produced by M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, swirls together traditionals and originals into the same river of American song; the ancient “Boll Weevil” is given a robust arrangement of banjo, guitar, and fiddle here, and strung up the middle with that riveting, harrowed voice.