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For decades, the legend of the late folksinger Karen Dalton rested on the two studio albums she released between 1969 and 1971. Dalton was all but forgotten by the time she passed away in 1993, her music career long behind her, but posthumous interest in her work dovetailed nicely with the archival spelunking that resulted in Delmore Recordings' release of previously unheard Dalton tapes. Following up on their release of a 1962 Dalton recording, the label offered up the appropriately titled 1966. This home recording captures Dalton and her then-husband Richard Tucker playing together in the cabin in rural Colorado where they sought refuge from the Greenwich Village scene, sans running water and an official address (Dalton was very literally off the map). Despite the lo-fi nature of the source tape, which was made in an ad hoc manner by a local friend, the sparse setting -- just acoustic guitar and banjo -- gives Dalton's distinctive voice plenty of room to do its thing. The song list is probably typical of what she was performing live at the time -- in fact, she and Tucker are said to have been rehearsing for a gig during this recording. As on her studio albums, she tackles some traditional folk tunes ("Cotton Eyed Joe," "Mole in the Ground") as well as songs by her friend and fellow folkie recluse Fred Neil ("Other Side of This Life," "Little Bit of Rain") and the work of her pal and fellow drug victim Tim Hardin ("Don't Make Promises," "While You're on Your Way," "Shiloh Town"). Her version of "God Bless the Child" makes it clear why she's often regarded as the Billie Holiday of the folk world; not only did Dalton share Lady Day's lived-in tone, world-weary delivery, and troubled, foreshortened life, she had a way to take songs from almost any source and make them sound as if they'd never existed before her haunted pipes brought them into being.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Delmore Recording
UPC: 0609722629997
catalogNumber: 23


  1. Reason To Believe
  2. Katie Cruel
  3. Cotton Eyed Joe
  4. Green Rocky Road
  5. Don't Make Promises
  6. Other Side To This Life
  7. God Bless the Child
  8. Little Bit of Rain
  9. While You're On Your Way
  10. 2:19 Train
  11. Misery Blues
  12. Mole in the Ground
  13. Shiloh Town
  14. Hallelujah

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Dalton   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Richard Tucker   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Karen Dalton   Arranger
Ma Rainey   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Ben Edmonds   Essay
Arthur Herzog   Composer
William Walker   Composer
Richard Tucker   Arranger,Photo Courtesy
Mamie Desdume   Composer
Traditional   Composer
J. Morton   Composer
Dan Hankin   Photo Courtesy
Mark Linn   Producer
Carl Baron   Engineer,Cover Photo

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