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


You Gave Me A Song follows legendary musician and songwriter Alice Gerrard over a year as she reflects with humor and wisdom on a half-century of performing, documenting, and teaching about old-time and traditional American music.

At the age of eighty-one, Gerrard continues work on a documentary book project that draws from thousands of photographs she shot at hundreds of music festivals, and during visits and performances with musicians across the South and the wider US beginning in the 1960’s.  Trio 3 BESTThe film captures Gerrard performing with friends and collaborators, recording a new album, spending time with friends and family, training sessions with her dog Polly, and her contributions to the cultural revolutions of the 20th century – breaking new ground for women in bluegrass with singing partner Hazel Dickens and challenging segregation during an interracial music tour across the South.  As she looks back, Alice balances all of the riches in her life and continues to create music that defies easy categorization, celebrates tradition and modernity, and inspires the next generation of Americana musicians.

Our project is in mid-production and is fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), a 501(C)3 non-profit.  Contributions to the project are tax deductible and can be made here via SDF.

Do you have stories, photos, films to share about Alice and her musical journey? Want to host a fundraiser? Get in touch: info(AT)  /

southerndocfund_logo_bwYou Gave Me A Song is a fiscally sponsored project of the Southern Documentary Fund.