Hazel Dickens died today at the age of 75. I had the privilege and opportunity to play behind her singing on a few scattered occasions. It was an honor most rare. Her music on Harlan County, USA is superb. There are many albums. She spoke for the Appalachians, and the Appalachian people, and for working people. And for women. Her interpretation of "Poor Ellen Smith" is simply breathtaking. Libby said, "well, she's gone over to the other side to work on the union problem." I hope so. Working people need her, now more than ever. I hope Scott Walker and the rest are just a little afraid. Now Hazel is on the case.
Rest in peace, dear lady. You will never be forgotten.
Update: this was posted a week before Hazel died of pheumonia: