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Hazel Dickens (The Kennedy Center)

Hazel Dickens

Born in Mercer County, West Virginia, life’s toil and blessings presented themselves to Hazel side-by-side. Her father carried timber for the local coal mines, an occupation that exposed to the Dickens family the suffering and exploitation of the company miners. On the brighter side of life was the music. Her brothers played guitar and mandolin, her father banjo, and she sang in the church choir and listened to the Grand Ole Opry. These multiple influences resulted in Ms.

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