“God Leaves the Light On,” a song by David Morris of Gaithersburg, MD, has taken top honors in the Hazel Dickens Song Contest sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union (DCBU).  Morris co-wrote the song with Donna Ulisse and Dawn Kenney.

The second place song is “Dancing in the Rain,” from Carley Arrowood of Union Mills, NC.  Third place goes to Jane Fallon of Dunedin, FL, for her song “Give Me Grace.”

You can hear the winning songs on the DCBU website.

In addition to the three top songs, honorable mention goes to John Bolten for “Harvester,” Missy Raines for “Allegheny Town” and Kris Grainger for “You Come Around.”  The judges for this year’s contest were Milan Miller, Rick Lang and Mary Doub.

The DCBU contest is an annual competition honoring the memory of Hazel Dickens, one of bluegrass music’s most beloved songwriters and performers.  The organization also sponsors an annual instrumental song competition named for the late Dobro master Mike Auldridge, and a band contest held during the DC Bluegrass Festival.