10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
Hazel Dickens, whose atavistic “high lonesome sound” and vocal styling became a strong voice of advocacy for coal miners’ rights, working people and women, died April 22 at age 75 of complications from pneumonia. Hazel was a revered performer in bluegrass and country music and was one of the first performers in bluegrass music to address the plight of women in the workplace.
In 1994 Hazel Dickens became the first woman honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with its prestigious Merit Award for contributions to the genre and in 2008 was honored with a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her final performance was March 16 (with Dudley Connell) at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
I opened the program with selections from three stellar new releases and closed with three selections featuring famed uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, a founding member of the Bothy Band. Keenan will be appearing next Friday night in a small theater just a few hundred feet from our on-air studio at WSHU. Runa will be appearing on Long Island and David Ferrard in nearby Ridgefield next weekend.