Born in 1937 in Oklahoma, Karen Dalton made the move to New York in th early 60s and began performing as a folk singer, befriending fellow folkies such as Bob Dylan and Fred Neil. She played 12-string guitar and banjo, and possessed an unusual voice which often drew comparisons to Billie Holiday. She was always reluctant to record, which accounts for her sparse discography, and almost had to be tricked into recording her debut album, which came out in 1969. It showcased her distinctive style of folk-blues, with minimal accompaniment (for the most part just low-key bass and drums). Among the mix of folk and blues covers (including two Fred Neil compositions, and a Tim Hardin number), it had a surprise in her interpretation of a then-recent Stax soul gem, "I Love You More Than Words Can Say" (written by Eddie Floyd and Booker T. Jones, recorded by Otis Redding).
|> In My Own Time (1971)
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