Lacy J. Dalton
|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal|
|Tags:||country female vocalists lacy j dalton female vocalist female country 80s classic country|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Jill Byrem, 13 October 1948, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Daltons father played guitar and mandolin, but she was originally determined to be an artist. At the age of 18, she moved to Los Angeles and then settled in Santa Cruz, where she played the clubs for 12 years. She worked as a protest singer and then became the lead singer with a psychedelic band, Office, under the name of Jill Croston. A demo tape brought her to the attention of record producer Billy Sherrill, who signed her to Columbia Records in Nashville in 1979. Her gravelly, bluesy voice was unusual for country singers and thus made her work distinctive. Her 1980 debut Lacy J. Dalton is regarded by many as a classic, and she is often described by the title of one of its songs, Hillbilly Girl With The Blues. Her US country hits include Crazy Blue Eyes, Tennessee Waltz, Hard Times and 16th Avenue. Highway Diner (1986) moved her into...