Hazel Dickens

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Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011) was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. Cultural blogger John Pietaro noted that "Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them and her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause." The New York Times extolled her as "a clarion-voiced advocate for coal miners and working people and a pioneer among women in bluegrass music." With Alice Gerrard, Dickens was one of the first women to record a bluegrass album.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Who's That Knocking? Hazel Dickens & Alice Foster 2
1973 Hazel & Alice Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard 1
1973 Won't You Come & Sing for Me? Hazel Dickens & Alice Foster 1
1975 Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard 1
1980 Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People Hazel Dickens 2
1983 By the Sweat of My Brow Hazel Dickens 2
1987 A Few Old Memories Hazel Dickens 1
1987 It's Hard to Tell the Singer From the Song Hazel Dickens 1
1998 Heart of a Singer Hazel Dickens, Carol Elizabeth Jones & Ginny Hawker 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Pioneering Women of Bluegrass Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard 1

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