By the Sweat of My Brow

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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 018964020026
  • Catalog Number: 200

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hazel Dickens Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Blaine Sprouse Fiddle
Phyllis Boyens Vocal Harmony
Scott Billington Harmonica
Dudley Connell Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jeanne French Vocal Harmony
Tommy Goldsmith Guitar
Karl Lauber Banjo
David McLaughlin Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle
Richard Underwood Banjo
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Larry Robbins Bass
Joe Drumright Banjo
Technical Credits
Hazel Dickens Producer
Maxine Brown Composer
Jim Ed Brown Composer
Ken Irwin Producer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Paul Mufson Engineer
Jerry Shook Engineer
Colin Walker Engineer
Danda Stein Engineer
Steve Chandler Engineer
Mark Farris Cover Photo
Susan Marsh Cover Design
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