I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hazel Dickens on Friday, April 22nd from complications of pneumonia.
Hazel was noted for her strongly feminist song lyrics. She was part of various bluegrass and folk-music groups such as The Strange Creek Singers and Hazel & Alice.
Hazel's songs were featured in the Oscar-winning 1976 documentary Harlan County U.S.A., and she appeared in the 1987 coal-mining movie Matewan.
In 1994, she became the first woman to receive the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Award of Merit. In 2008, she was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, Working Girl Blues, was published by the University of Illinois Press later that same year.