In Honor of the Life and Music of Hazel Dickens.

Cover from It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song.

Cover from It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song.

Hazel Dickens was one of the most courageous and important singer/songwriters of our time.

I had the opportunity to write an audio essay about her life and music for the Ozarks at Large Program on KUAF 91.3 FM, public radio out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The piece aired yesterday, but you can hear it online by going here. Or listen here:

To hear the whole Ozarks at Large Program for Monday May 23rd click here. There is some great information about ways you can help tornado victims in Joplin, Mo as well information about local benefits for victims of the Tsunami in Japan.

To hear just the piece on Hazel Dickens go here.

And here are links (in no particular order)  to some of the people, places, and music mentioned in the piece. And don’t forget to contribute to KUAF or you local radio station.

Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song, a film by Mimi Pickering.

Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens by Bill Malone.

Rounder Records

Harlan County USA

Matewan

Highlander Research and Education Center

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Alice Gerrard

National Heritage Fellowship Award, 2001