Karen Dalton

Karen Dalton :: Shuckin’ Sugar

It’s been a pleasure to see Karen Dalton emerge out of the mists of obscurity over the past 15 or so years. Now, the singer is the subject of in-depth documentaries, lavish reissues and cover versions from some of the music world’s best and brightest — all of which would have been pretty unthinkable when Dalton passed away virtually unknown almost 30 years ago.
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Karen Dalton and The Overlooked Heroines of '60s Folk

The highway of pop-music history took a detour on the backroads during the folk music boom of the 1960s. For a brief period, musicians could be celebrated not for making a big noise, but for crafting a small sound; not for finding something new, but for rediscovering something old; not for describing universal experiences, but for sharing exceedingly personal encounters.
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Karen Dalton – Shuckin’ Sugar (2022)

In 1962, Karen summoned Richard Tucker to join her in Colorado, extolling the healthier lifestyle and plentiful gigs at Boulder folk club, The Attic. Upon his arrival, the pair solidified their personal and professional relationship, riding horses in the mountains, and performing as a duo at parties and venues throughout Denver and Boulder. Stories of the spell they conjured – and rumors of tapes – have circulated among friends and musicians who witnessed them, but until now, no recorded evidence had turned up.
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Karen Dalton – ‘Something On Your Mind’ Live at The Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival, May 1, 1971

The previously unreleased audio from Karen Dalton’s rare, captivating performance live at the Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival on May 1, 1971. This is the first time this audio has been made available in any physical format — presented on 180-gram 12-inch vinyl and featuring a stunning etching of Dalton by acclaimed artist Jess Rotter on the B-side as a part of the In My Own Time Super Deluxe package.

Angel Olsen Celebrates Karen Dalton with “Something on Your Mind” Cover

Last year, folk icon Karen Dalton was celebrated with the documentary Karen Dalton: In My Own Time in which directors Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete pieced together her life after unearthing unseen material following a terrible 2018 fire that destroyed the remains of Dalton’s personal archive. The film also featured Nick Cave, Vanessa Carlton, and Angel Olsen recounting her influence. And today, the latter released a cover of Dalton’s “Something on Your Mind.”

Angel Olsen releases Karen Dalton cover

Angel Olsen has delivered a cover of folk singer Karen Dalton‘s song, “Something On Your Mind”. Olsen said in a statement, “‘Something on Your Mind,’ for me, is about letting yourself face something that keeps setting you back.”. Olsen‘s version is being released as...

Moving Documentary ‘Karen Dalton: In My Own Time’ Profiles the Underappreciated Folk Music Figure

From the January/February 2022 issue of Acoustic Guitar | By Blair Jackson. One of the most compelling and enigmatic figures to emerge during the Greenwich Village folk era, Karen Dalton (1937–1993), as Bob Dylan famously noted in his book Chronicles, “sang like Billie Holiday and played guitar like Jimmy Reed.” That’s no exaggeration, though I’d say her fine guitar playing was as informed by folk sources—she primarily played a Gibson 12-string, as well as six-string and banjo. She was, first and foremost, an interpreter of blues and folk tunes (old and new), but her recorded output was slight: just two albums—the moody, stripped-down, folk-blues masterpiece It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going To Love You the Best in 1969 and the more musically ambitious (and to my ears, over-produced) In My Own Time in 1971. Neither was commercially successful. When she died in 1993 of AIDS-related complications at the age of 55, following years of drug abuse and unsuccessful stints in rehab, she had all but been forgotten.

6 takeaways from 'Karen Dalton: In My Own Time,' documentary of the Oklahoma folk singer

An enigma with an eerie voice, the late Oklahoma folk chanteuse Karen Dalton has emerged as a cult favorite in the past decade. A contemporary on the 1960s New York folk scene to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and Fred Neil, Dalton's music has turned up in TV shows, movie trailers and YouTube clips, her two albums have been reissued, and her previously unreleased material has been posthumously released. From Lucinda Williams and Adele to Joanna Newsom and fellow Oklahoman St. Vincent, she has garnered a slew of celebrity fans who have cited her as an influence or reinterpreted her work.

Karen Dalton | In My Own Time | Karen Dalton

Despite iconic singer-songwriters such as Dylan and Fred Neil naming Karen Dalton their favourite female singer, the spotlight-shunning artist with the cracked velvet voice and interpretive genius has remained criminally overlooked. Although there have been a set of stunning posthumous sets, Dalton released only two albums before dying of AIDS...

Karen Dalton, 'Something on Your Mind (Alternate Take)'

Folk and blues singer Karen Dalton died in 1993 without finding the success to match her enormous talent. But she's reached a fervent cult following — especially among musicians — that's been fueled by past reissues of her two fantastic albums (1969's It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best and 1971's In My Own Time) and an assortment of rarities and live recordings. This fall, her legend is growing further with the release of an excellent documentary film and an extravagant reissue.

Join NPR Music's film screening of 'Karen Dalton: In My Own Time'

Join us for an online screening of Karen Dalton: In My Own Time. Bob Boilen from All Songs Considered will be joined by director Robert Yapkowitz and singer-songwriter Margo Price in a live conversation about the film. The event will take place on Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET –...