From hardscrabble beginnings in West Virginia coal country in 1935, Dickens moved to Baltimore, MD, as a young woman to find factory work and quickly connected with local musicians. She started performing throughout the Baltimore/Washington region and was soon recognised for her singular mountain singing style and her gift with a lyric. Hazel wrote of coal miners, unionization, hard times, feminism and much more. She died in 2011.
The contest category is bluegrass, including gospel. Entry fee is $30 per song and all entries must be received by January 5, 2017. First, second and third place winners receive cash prizes and will be announced on February 15, 2017.
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For more information go to the Hazel Dickens Song Contest page at dcbu.org.