R.I.P. Hazel Dickens, American Legend, Feminist Folk Singer, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fixture

Hazel and Warren in 2008

Hazel Dickens, a bluegrass singer who played every Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival since the free event began in 2001, died today at age 75.
Described by the Washington Post as “a living legend of American music,” Dickens used her 50-year career to advocate for the rights of women and laborers. The eighth of 11 children born to a poor coalmining family in West Virginia, Dickens began in her life as a touring musician in the early '60s, after meeting Mike Seeger (younger brother of the famous folksinger Pete Seeger) at a music festival in Baltimore. 

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