Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Folk/Folkrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 138 / 3-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Light In The Attic | Autor: WS

Karen Dalton is an almost forgotten icon of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the sixties. She worked with Fred Neil, Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan. Besides her special banjo playing, she has become famous for her bluesy voice and in her deep expression of soul pain she has been compared to Billie Holiday. Throughout her life she was a hermit, struggled with alcohol and drugs and finally died at the age of 55. Nick Cave calls her his favorite blues singer. Now there's something new/ old to hear from her, as she found tapes from 1966, on which she played quietly on banjo and guitar alone. In fact, these recordings radiate a strange magic that is hard to describe. The fragility in Dalton's voice makes you pause for a moment and her intimate string play leads you into your own inner world. Many well-known Tim Hardin pieces and traditional songs that you have never heard before can be found here: "Reason To Believe, Cotton Eyed Joe, Green Rocky Road. Sound engineer Richard Tucker sings along four times. A charming treasure chest.

Top track: Katie Cruel

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