Hazel Dickens

Genres: Country & Bluegrass World
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Hazel Jane Dickens, 1 June 1935, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA. Dickens was the eighth of 11 children in a family that struggled hard to make a living in an area where coalmining was the sole industry. Dickens learned to play guitar and bass and developed a great interest in not only the local music but also music by more modern singers she heard on the radio, such as Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells. Her father, as well as working for the mining industry and locally as a Baptist minister, was also a banjoist of some ability. However, in the early 50s, his apparent reluctance to let his own or any of his family’s musical interests diversify from the traditional folk/bluegrass artists’ music prevalent in the area, saw Dickens relocate to Baltimore. Here, she eventually met Mike Seeger and accompanied by her brothers, Robert and Arnold, they began performing locally. She later became a member of several other bands, including the Greenbriar Boys, usually...

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