Sunday, 24 April 2011

Hazel Dickens in Germany, 1973

Photo: Walter Fuchs

The death on Friday 22 April of Hazel Dickens (1935-2011) of West Virginia has been marked on the original Bluegrass Blog by appreciations by David Morris and Tim Stafford. A major appreciation by Ron Thomason can be seen on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog. Further tributes to the pioneering woman bluegrass songwriter and singer are expected.

Thanks to Walter Fuchs, broadcaster, country music historian, and organiser of the Bühl International Bluegrass Festival in south-west Germany, for this rare photo from the fall of 1973 when Hazel Dickens was on tour with the Strange Creek Singers making a stop in Bühl. Walter writes:

All the gang stayed over night for one or two days, when we lived in a rented apartment in those years. From left to right: Tracy Schwarz, Lamar Grier, Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, Marianne Fuchs [Walter's wife], Alice Gerrard (Mike Seeger's wife) and our two boys Patrick and Boris. In June of 1973 Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard were already in Bühl for a couple of days when I had them for a live concert on SWF 3 radio in my show.