The Appalshop Film Series

From the coalfields of West Virginia to the factories of Baltimore, Hazel Dickens in "Its Hard to Tell the SInger from the Song", has lived the songs she sings. A pioneering woman in bluegrass and hardcore country music, Hazel has influenced generations of songwriters and musicians. Her songs of hard work, hard times, and hardy souls have blostered working people at picket lines and union rallies throughout the land. Her piercing vocals power the soundtracks for Harlan Country USA and Matewan. In this intimate portrait, interviews with Hazel and fellow musicians such as Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, and Dudley Connell are interwoven with archival footage, recent performances, and 16 powerful songs including "Mama's Hand," "Working Girl Blues," and Black Lung." Doors open at 1p.m. and Tim and Carolyn, a local bluegrass duo will play in the lobby before the movie.