Larry Groce

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Hazel Dickens was laid to rest in Princeton, W. Va. If ever one voice captured the spirit of the hard-scrabble southern West Virginia coal fields, it was hers.

When you hear Hazel's voice and songs, many words come to mind: honest, weathered, plain, deep, country, bold, distilled and undiluted, rugged and maybe a bit ragged. May Hazel rest in peace as her songs live on in the hearts of many.