• “Black Lung”
  • “Don’t Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There”
  • “Hills of Home”
  • “It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song”
  • “Mama’s Hand”
  • “Mining Camp Blues”
  • “My Better Years”
  • “They’ll Never Keep Us Down”
  • “West Virginia My Home”

Came to Fame With

  • Family
  • Radio
  • Mike Seeger
  • Bill Monroe

From the Archives

If I have a religion, that’s it: to take what I have and be able to share it with somebody that needs it. If there’s any religion in my life, it’s for the working class. And I want to be that way as long as I have a breath.
Quoted by Caroline Wright in “Hazel Dickens: A Bridge Between Two Worlds,” Bluegrass Now, December 2001.
I just wanted to play. I didn't care who with or what. I just wanted to do it. And I persevered through all of that stuff, being unrehearsed, getting up there without hardly even knowing the chords to the songs. I was just sticking my nose out there. I knew that I knew all of the songs . . . I knew every bluegrass song coming and going and most country songs.
Quoted by Murphy Henry in Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass, University of Illinois Press, 2013.
We have had women come up to us all down through the years and talk about the first records we made and what an impact it had on their lives. I just think it was an eye-opener for a lot of people to hear two women singing together, doing what the men did in bluegrass. We sang all the parts of bluegrass—one woman (Alice) singing the lower part and the other woman (Hazel) singing the high tenor. Generally when a woman sang, a man would sing under her—or they sang with their husband or brothers. So, in that way, this recording was a real groundbreaker. We also didn’t try to spice it up, or pretty it up with one of those Nashville songs or a Kitty Wells song. We did it straight-up bluegrass.
Hazel Dickens, in liner notes to Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard: Pioneering Women of Bluegrass, Smithsonian/Folkways Records, 1996.