Karen Dalton

SEATTLE, Washington, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Light in the Attic
From the exclusive liner notes by Lenny Kaye ("Nuggets," Patti Smith Group):"Karen's mother was full Cherokee, and told her that if your vibrations were right, plants would grow into your room, as Karen had grown onto the Village folk scene. She had the Beat spirit as well, the existential angst which felt life was dark, perpetually in pain, and that was how you became your art, if you were a real artist.'"'Karen was tall, willowy, had straight black hair, was long-waisted and slender, what we all wanted to look like,' Lacy J. Dalton said. And her blend of influences - the jazz of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the immersion of Nina Simone, the Appalachian keen of Jean Ritchie, the R&B and country that had to seep in as she made her way to New York from Oklahoma - created a 'voice for the jaded ear.'"+++"My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton. Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday's and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed." - Bob Dylan+++"She is my favorite female blues singer." - Nick Cave+++"Without a doubt, she is my favorite singer." - Devendra Banhart+++"She sure can sing the shit out of the blues." - Fred NeilThe late Karen Dalton has been the muse for countless folk rock geniuses,

from Bob Dylan to Devendra Banhart, from Lucinda Williams to Joanna Newsom.

Legendary singer Lacy J. Dalton actually

adopted her hero's surname as her own when she started her career in country

music. Karen Dalton had that affect on people - her timeless, aching,

blues-soaked, Native American spirit inspired both Dylan & The Band's

"Katie's Been Gone" (on 'The Basement Tapes') and Nick

Cave's "When I First Came To Town" (from 'Henry's Dream').Recorded over a six month period in 1970/71 at Bearsville, 'In My Own Time'

was Dalton's only fully planned and realized studio album. The material was

carefully selected and crafted for her by producer/musician Harvey Brooks,


Renaissance man of rock-jazz who played bass on Dylan's "Highway 61

Revisited" and Miles' "Bitches Brew". It features ten songs that reflected

Dalton's incredible ability

to break just about anybody's heart - from her spectral evocation of Joe

Tate's "One Night of Love," to the dark tragedy of the traditional "Katie

Cruel." Known as a great interpreter of choice material, Dalton could master


country and soul genres with hauntingly pining covers of George Jones' "Take

Me" and Holland-Dozier-Holland's "How Sweet It Is.""IN MY OWN TIME" CD, LP & Limited Edition 45
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