Hazel Dickens/Wade and Julia Mainer (#715)

Three legendary performers--folk artist Hazel Dickens, and bluegrass pioneers Wade & Julia Mainer--offer up a masterful presentation of classic American music.

Jubilee is proud to present one of bluegrass and folk music’s most influential talents, and a husband and wife duo whose musical experience stretches back over six decades.

Hazel Dickens became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s, and, during this time, established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger’s wife, Alice Gerrard. As Hazel & Alice they recorded two albums for the Folkways label. Using her first hand experience of hard work, hard times, and hard working souls to inspire songs such as “Working Girl Blues,” “Black Lung,” “and “Don’t Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There,” Dicken’s quickly became a strong voice full of emotional insight and the classic high, lonesome sound.

Born in 1907 in Buncombe County near Weaverville, North Carolina, Wade Mainer became a popular recording and radio personality who influenced generations of great musicians, including Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and Doc Watson. In the early 1930’s, He wrote the now-classic songs “Maple on the Hill” and “Take Me in the Lifeboat” with his brother J.E. Mainer and their group, Mainer’s Mountaineers. With his singing and precise two-finger banjo style, Wade and his band created a distinct sound that bridged the gap between old-time mountain music and bluegrass. In 1937, Wade married singer/guitarist Julia Brown, a pioneering female vocalist who would later join her husband for performances on the road. Since then they have shared their music and the stage, bringing good-times and good-tunes to audiences across the country.

For Jubilee audiences, performances from such influential and legendary artists prove exactly that one’s musical passion can stand the test of time.