Karen Dalton

Genres: Folk
Tags: folk blues singer-songwriter female vocalists 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Karen Cariker, 19 July 1937, Bonham, Texas, USA, d. 1993. One of the great overlooked talents of the New York folk revival of the early 60s, Dalton continued to enjoy cult status in the years following her departure from the music scene. Ironically, her music only became widely available following her death in 1993.

Dalton was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, and began singing at an early age. Schooled in the folk tradition, she also became highly proficient on the banjo and 12-string guitar. She relocated to New York City in the late 50s, basing herself in the bohemian enclave of Greenwich Village. It was in this locale that she began performing with a host of other aspiring young folk musicians, including Fred Neil and Bob Dylan. Despite her involvement with some of the scene’s leading lights, Dalton never made the same transition to mainstream acceptance. Her live performances were highly regarded and she was regularly...

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