National Folk Festival: Hazel Dickens
This week we will take a look at a few of the artists of the 68th National Folk Festival Oct 13-15, Richmond, Virginia
Hazel Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. Her banjo-picking father carried timber for the local coalmines. Great traditional Appalachian singers are getting to be rare these days. Even more rare is the great traditional singer whose songs are driven by important social issues. Hazel Dickens is just such a singer. Those of you who have witnessed the strength and conviction of Hazel's shows know what I mean.
Now in her seventh decade on this little planet, her anger, her unflinching disdain for the system and praise for the working folks that keep the world spinning, that is the energy that powers Hazel Dickens. It's an experience that is not easily forgotten. Hazel is a champion of the working class. Her repertoire is huge and consists of such varied sources as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, the Blue Sky Boys and the Louvin Brothers, Wilma Lee Cooper and Bill Monroe. Her original songs are often drawn from hard experience. Hazel has sung out against sexism and the exploitation of workers. Her values are reflected in her songs of love of family and home and respect for honest toil.
Hazel Dickens will be appearing on the NewMarket Stage, Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. Check the 68th National Folk Festival schedule.
Buy Hazel Dickens CDs at Harmony Ridge Music or Amazon.com.
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