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Recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at Karen Dalton's Colorado cabin, 1966 is a wondrous find for fans of emotionally true folk music. A country mouse who had great difficulty adjusting to being a city rat, Dalton retreated with her then-husband from the NYC folk scene, where she'd made fast friends with Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, and Fred Neil and settled into a country homestead with no actual address. Though the recordings are understandably lo-fi, the performances are warm and inviting, presenting works by Neil and Hardin, along with folk and blues classics that turn to putty in Dalton's capable hands. Her takes of "Reason to Believe" and "Don't Make Promises" are particularly gut-wrenching; her ability to tease out the emotion with an emphasis on a certain syllable is the sign of a gifted interpreter. Though her two studio albums come highly recommended, Dalton was never fully comfortable in formal recording studios. These casual recordings are a chance to hear this shy, gifted artist at her most relaxed. 

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Born: 1938 in Bonham, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A cult singer, 12-string guitarist, and banjo player of the New York 1960s folk revival, Karen Dalton still remains known to very few, despite counting the likes of Bob Dylan and Fred Neil among her acquaintances. This was partly because she seldom recorded, only making one album in the 1960s -- and that didn't come out until 1969, although she had been known on the Greenwich Village circuit since the beginning of the decade. It was also partly because, unlike other folksingers of the era, she was...
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