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2016 Hazel Dickens Song Contest Winners Announced

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Hazel DickensBoston, MA -- The 2016 Hazel Dickens Song Contest is proud to announce the three winning songs for the 2nd Annual Hazel Dicken Song Contest out of a burgeoning field of 197 entries. The contest pays tribute to one of bluegrass music’s most beloved songwriters. The Hazel Dickens song contest celebrates the life and muse of one of bluegrass music's most beloved songwriters.

From hard scrabble beginnings in West Virginia coal country in 1935, Hazel moved to Baltimore, MD, as a young woman to find factory work and quickly connected with local musicians. She started performing throughout the Baltimore/Washington region and was soon recognized for her singular mountain singing style and her gift with a lyric. Hazel wrote of coal miners, unionization, hard times, feminism and much more. She recorded several albums with duo partner Alice Gerrard in the 1960s and 1970s and went on to release four records as a solo artist. Among her best known songs are "Won't You Come and Sing for Me," "West Virginia My Home," "Few Old Memories" and "Mama’s Hand." Hazel was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 2001 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The winners from the 2016 Hazel Dickens Song Contest are:

  • 1st Place: Weeping Willows by Talia Segal, Brighton, MA
  • 2nd Place: Turn and Burn by David Morris,Gaithersburg, MD; Dave Adkins, Pikeville, KY; and Dawn Kenney, Waltham, MA
  • 3rd Place: My Brother Paul and Me by Ronnie King, Paint Lick, KY

Honorable mentions include:

  • Oceans by Casey Penn
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Home by Hunter and Suzy Owens
  • I'll Take Love by Louisa Branscomb

We congratulate the winners and thank all the songwriters who participated in this year's competition. Our judges were Bob Lucas, Lee Michael Demsey and Wayne Taylor.

The Hazel Dickens Song Contest celebrates the life and muse of one of bluegrass music's most beloved songwriters.All proceeds from the Hazel Dickens Song Contest help fund the DC Bluegrass Union. DCBU is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization with a mission to promote bluegrass music in the greater Washington region through education and performance. The DCBU is an organizational member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Links will be up soon at so folks can hear the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place songs.

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