Hazel Dickens grew up poor in the mountains of rural Mercer county West Virginia, along with her 10 brothers and sisters. Singing was a favorite pass time for the family. At 13 she had to quit school, as her parents couldn't afford the expense of it. At 19 she went to Baltimore to get job. Two brothers, and a sister were already working there. She met others who were interested in music, and started playing in a bluegrass band. She met Mike Seeger, half-brother of Pete, and his wife Alice Gerrard. Hazel and Alice recorded two folk albums together. She then recorded solo and her music took on a more political/activist tone. Hazel's music appears in the movies, "Matewan, Harlan County, USA, and Songcatcher." She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship in 2001. This the nation's highest honor for the folk and traditional arts. Hazel Dickens died in 2011 and was honored in her home state for the legend she was there.
David L. Smith grew up in Morgantown, WV, and graduated from WVU. He was a professional photographer in Pittsburgh. Pa.. He never forgot the beauty of his home state as his pictures show. He died in December 2011.