LOST IN THE NOISE

September 20 — SWEET SUBSTITUTE, Karen Dalton (1969)

imageFlipping through the latest issue of Oklahoma Today, along comes a story about Enid’s long-lost folk troubadour, Karen Dalton. Born Cherokee in the 1930s, she moved to New York and became ensconced in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early ’60s, where she became a contemporary of Dave Van Ronk and the Holy Modal Rounders, among others. Bob Dylan once called her “my favorite singer.” She all but disappeared as the decade ended, and died quietly of AIDS in 1993. Only recently have musicologists rediscovered her, drawing comparisons to jazz legend Billie Holiday.

 

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