In 2010, Dyann and Rick Arthur made it their mission to save some eighty contemporary women roots players from possible obscurity. Dyann, a lifelong musician herself, woke up one day knowing what she wanted to do: “There are no women players in these history books! They’re out there – they deserve to be seen and heard and they have music and stories to tell. I want to help share that." This music-filled film sheds a bright light on a vital piece of our Americana roots tapestry.
Features interviews with and performances by Alice Gerrard, Ann Savoy, Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ruthie Foster, Deanna Bogart, Gaye Adegbalola, Eden Brent and some amazing women you never know existed!
Americana Women is not only a great snapshot; it’s a celebration of how younger women are moving the music forward from the Delta, the Bayous, the Ozarks, the Pied- mont and the Pacific Northwest; to new generations of performers and listeners. I highly recommend this film as essential viewing (and listening) for anyone interested in the future of Americana.”
Eric Steiner, Pres., WA Blues Society, Blues Foundation Director (2010 - 13)
“Unlike many documentaries, this film shares complete song renditions in order to shine a pure light on the magic of these women and their music. Where “slices” are served, they’re big enough to satisfy. While this film features many flavors, due tribute is made to contemporary blues women. I am indeed honored to be memorialized here.”
Gaye Adegbalola, BMA award winning musician, writer, educator
“This film sheds a bright light on a vital piece of our ‘roots’ tapestry; women doing what they dream of while becoming role models for future generations. It serves as an evolv- ing cog in the wheel of transformation within our society.”
Devon Leger, Pres., Hearth Music, No Depression, Victory Music Review
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