• Two Songwriting Contest Deadlines Drawing Near

    Entry deadlines are approaching for two top songwriting contests that are of interest to bluegrassers. The deadline to enter the DC Bluegrass Union’s second annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest is Jan. 15. Winners will be announced March 10. The entry fee

  • Hazel Dickens Song Contest accepting entries

    The Hazel Dickens Song Contest, sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union, is now accepting entries for their 2nd annual competition. Named to honor the recently-departed bluegrass songwriter, the contest is a fundraiser for DCBU, who promote bluegrass and traditional music in

  • Hazel Dickens Song Contest winners announced

    The DC Bluegrass Union has posted the winners of their inaugural Hazel Dickens Song Contest, just ahead of their big DC Bluegrass Festival later this month. They were delighted to receive more than 80 entries in this first year, all of which

  • Hazel Dickens song contest from DCBU

    When the DC Bluegrass Union launched their songwriting competition this year, it was a simple decision to name it in honor of Hazel Dickens, a nearly-native daughter who spent much of her life based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Born in West

  • A Wrong That Must Be Righted

    Another year, and Hazel Dickens is still not a member of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. This is a slight that must be righted. But here’s the cold, hard truth. It’s possible that she never makes the cut. This year’s inductees,

  • Old River from Nightflyer

    Nightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It's their version of Hazel Dickens' Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It's a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle

  • Gospel Choices #1

    Here's another new feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Peter Thompson, host of Bluegrass Signal on KALW. The five I've chosen are all from the wonderful world of bluegrass,

  • A Tribute to Hazel Dickens

    It’s only Wednesday, and early Wednesday at that, but I’m willing to bet the best music of the week has already been played and sang at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. To be sure, many terrific bands will roll through the Nashville