2020 Film Series: Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song
Join us for a free screening of the Appalshop documentary Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song, part of our 2020 Film Series.
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Tickets: Free event
About the film:
From the coalfields of West Virginia to the factories of Baltimore, Hazel Dickens has lived the songs she sings. A pioneering woman in bluegrass and hardcore country music, Hazel has influenced generations of songwriters and musicians. Her songs of hard work, hard times, and hardy souls have bolstered working people at picket lines and union rallies throughout the land. Her piercing vocals power the soundtracks for Harlan County USA and Matewan. The Washington Post described her as “a living legend of American music, a national treasure,” and in 2001, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a National Heritage Fellowship. In this intimate portrait, interviews with Hazel and fellow musicians such as Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, and Dudley Connell are interwoven with archival footage, recent performances, and 16 powerful songs including “Mama’s Hand,” “ Working Girl Blues,” and “Black Lung.”
Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song profiles a “modern” woman dealing with contemporary issues from a feminist perspective, which has evolved from her own experiences: being Appalachian, being displaced physically and culturally, being poor and working class, being a woman artist in a man’s world, and being a bearer of tradition.
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On the evening of Thursday, March 26, the museum will be hosting a wonderful Hazel Dickens Tribute Performance featuring musician Karen Collins. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the Tribute’s event page.