(1999) By The Sweat Of My Brow

Hazel Dickens

... read moreOn By the Sweat of My Brow, the "First Lady of Bluegrass" strays from her familiar protest songs and focuses on traditionally themed orphan ballads and tormented love songs, many of which were penned by Dickens herself. Her gruff West Virginia voice stomps its way through the rough-and-tumble "Are...

43′:49″ 12 Songs

1
Hazel Dickens
Beyond The Rive Bend
2:53
2
Hazel Dickens
Only The Lonely
4:06
3
Hazel Dickens
By The Sweat Of My Brow
3:23
4
Hazel Dickens
Mama's Hand
4:29
5
Hazel Dickens
Little Lenaldo
4:05
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Hazel Dickens
Are They Gonna Make Us Outlaws Again?
2:54
7
Hazel Dickens
Go Away With Me
3:25
8
Hazel Dickens
Your Greedy Heart
3:30
9
Hazel Dickens
Scars From An Old Love
5:01
10
Hazel Dickens
The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
3:50
11
Hazel Dickens
Old And In The Way
3:12
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Hazel Dickens
Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
3:01
Released 14 September 1999, ℗ 1999 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

Review

On By the Sweat of My Brow, the "First Lady of Bluegrass" strays from her familiar protest songs and focuses on traditionally themed orphan ballads and tormented love songs, many of which were penned by Dickens herself. Her gruff West Virginia voice stomps its way through the rough-and-tumble "Are They Gonna Make Us Outlaws Again," but still gently croons during the tender "Scars of an Old Love." Although she certainly paved the way for female neo-traditional folk artists like Gillian Welch and Iris Dement, no other artist in the latter half of the 20th century really captured the hardship and struggle of rural coal-town living like Hazel Dickens did in every syllable, and this album represents the high point of an artist at the high point of her career. ~ Zac Johnson