The Women of Southern Songbirds - Hazel Dickens

The Women of Southern Songbirds

Hazel Dickens:

Hazel Dickens was born in the coal camps of West Virginia and watched as poverty and bad health took its toll on her family. She migrated to the Washington, D.C. area where she found her home in the thriving bluegrass music community there. She writes songs that come out of her traditional baptist past, but that are rooted in themes of liberation and human rights. Hazel performed for years with Alice Gerrard as the duo, Hazel and Alice, and their music directly influenced countless musicians, including the Judds, who decided to sing together because of the Hazel and Alice recording. Dickens continues to write and perform with her own bluegrass band, and has become a major figure in bluegrass music, recently receiving the Bluegrass Music Association's Life Time Achievement Award.

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