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Hazel Dickens - "West Virginia, My Home" [Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2003]
Watch Hazel Dickens, singer, songwriter, and spokesperson for Women's and Workers' Rights sing "West Virginia, My Home" at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 'Pioneering Women of Bluegrass' by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: On April 22, 2011, our dear friend Hazel Dickens passed away at the age of 75. Hazel was one of the most important bluegrass singers of the last fifty years and the writer of very poignant songs drawn from her personal experience. Her ties to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways, and the Festival family were long-standing and very close. Hazel Dickens became an accomplished bluegrass performer at a time when the genre was dominated by men. She was also an admired advocate for women's and worker's rights. Along with fellow musician and friend Alice Gerrard, she empowered countless female singers and musicians to succeed without sacrificing integrity. In this performance, Dickens, herself the eighth of eleven children born to a West Virginia mining family, pays homage to her home state. To read a full appreciation of Hazel Dickens from Smithsonian Folkways Magazine: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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4 min 56 sec
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