September 5

Whatever happened to Lacy J. Dalton?

I stumbled upon one great country lady musician in Youtube and Facebook recently that goes by the name Lacy J. Dalton. Her real name is Jill Lynne Byrem, born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. She is an American country singer and songwriter known best for her gritty, powerful vocals even likened to Bonnie Raitt. When asked about her musical influences, she replied: “Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, Karen Dalton, Fred Koller, Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holliday, Hank Williams, Sr., Tammy Wynette and J.J. Cale.”

She had a number of hits in the 80s like “Hard Times”, “Takin’ It Easy,” and “16th Avenue.”

Here are the music videos of these wonderful songs.

This is her first major hit, ‘Hard Times’.  This song just reminds us life as it is. Haven’t heard it? Here it is. Remember it? I hope you enjoyed it again.

With nearly 20 chart singles including several Top 10’s, Lacy J. Dalton was one of the biggest Country Stars of the decade.  1981’s ‘Takin’ It Easy’ solidified her position in Country Music at the time, and has made her one of our favorites.

This is an all-time favorite of Lacy, ’16th Avenue’ from 1982.  It’s one of those songs that I can listen to over and over because of its vocals.

So…whatever happened to Lacy J. Dalton?

Well according to her official website she’s recording new music!  At the age of 71, now settled in the Comstock region near Virginia City, Nevada. She is still writing, recording, and playing shows.

Dalton has taken an interest in saving Nevada’s wild horses after she found some of them roaming around Virginia City. In her “Mustang Messenger,” Lacy’s Let ’em Run Foundation’s newsletter she writes:

“the New Year will find me attempting to view the restoration of horse slaughter for human consumption in some sort of light that will keep my head from exploding. Our wonderful vet here said

“at least they won’t be going to Mexico as much, where slaughter methods are unspeakable”.”

Now that’s what I call great news!  Lacy J. Dalton has one of the most distinctive voices in the history of Country Music!


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