Friday, April 8, 2011


The eighth child born (1935) of eleven children in a West Virginia coal mining family, Hazel Dickens has never stopped singing her bluegrass roots — from picket lines, Union halls, and classic coal mining films: Harlan County, USA; Matewan; Black Lung. She recorded five albums with Alice Gerrard ("Hazel & Alice") starting in 1965, along with her own solo albums, and she has been included in numerous compilation recordings. Everyone wants Hazel Dickens' high lonesome sound.

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