Some people say protest music originates in Ireland. They trace it back to the arrival of Anglo-Norman colonists in 1169 and 1691 when the English Protestants took control of Catholic Ireland. Songs recounting the Easter Uprising of 1916 and Bloody Sunday are heard every St. Patrick’s Day. This week, we’ve pulled together an … [Read more…]
Today in 1925, Hazel Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. Among the first women to record a bluegrass album, Dickens was known for her high voice and radical politics. She was a feminist, a union activist, and an inspiration to women artists like Emmylou Harris and Naomi Judd who followed her.