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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2005 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Lacy J. Dalton, which she submitted to this site on Friday 25 March 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Lacy J. Dalton who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Lacy J. Dalton
This quote was submitted on Friday 25 March 2005.
'May I wish Gene all the very best with his new, fan-based, website.
Gene Watson is, within the genre of country music, the real deal!'
Thank you, Lacy J. Dalton, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Lacy J. Dalton...
Lacy J. Dalton is a singer/songwriter from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and has one of the most instantly recognisable voices in country music.
Lacy J. Dalton enjoyed a string of Top 10 country music singles on the Billboard country music singles chart in the USA, following the release, and success of, her first two albums in 1980.
Lacy J. Dalton is one of the most instantly recognisable voices in country music - she is the woman 'People Magazine' have hailed as 'Country music’s Bonnie Raitt'. From the first time Lacy J. Dalton caught the public’s ear, that soulful delivery, full of texture and grit, has been a mainstay of country music.
When you sit and listen to a Lacy J. Dalton album, you find yourself pulled in by the very power and heart of this vocalist, because she’s not merely performing a ten-song set, she’s bringing each and every tune to life; it's as if they were all written especially for her.
Lacy J. Dalton’s music is a product of her wide-ranging musical tastes; she was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians. Her father played a variety of stringed instruments, sang and wrote country songs, while her mother played guitar, wrote and sang harmony and her sister played piano and guitar.
Lacy J. Dalton’s early influences were the classic country music of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the folk and rock sounds of writer/artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Fred Neil.
Lacy J. Dalton has always been a writer and an artist who loved music with a message and lyrics that somehow brought a new awareness to the listener. She was already a regional star in California when she went to Nashville; her national success appeared immediate. This was another case of an 'overnight' star that had paid dues for a long time.
Lacy J. Dalton's success was powered not just by the artist’s recordings, but by a stage show that truly electrified audiences. She quickly became one of the few women who could successfully open a show for the likes of Hank Williams Junior, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels.
Lacy J. Dalton's hit records are legendary million-airplay cuts: 'Hard Times', 'Crazy Blue Eyes', 'Hillbilly Girl With The Blues', 'Takin’ It Easy', 'Everybody Makes Mistakes', the worldwide hit 'Black Coffee' and her signature song '16th Avenue', which was voted one of country music’s Top 100 songs by Billboard Magazine.
Voted 'Best New Female Artist' by the ACM (Academy of Country Music) in 1979, Lacy J. Dalton brought home numerous Grammy nominations along with three prestigious Bay Area Music Awards for Best Country-Folk Recording, appearing with the likes of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead and Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane.
Bobby Bare recorded Lacy J. Dalton's 'Golden Memories' (co-written with John Fitzgerald) and included the track on 'Ain't Got Nothin' To Lose' (Columbia Records, 1982).
Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Lacy J. Dalton's 'Too White To Sing The Blues' (co-written with Roger Murrah) and included the track on 'House On Old Lonesome Road' (MCA Records, 1989).
In 2004, Lacy J. Dalton co-produced her first independent album, 'The Last Wild Place', with her then husband and business manager, Aaron Anderson and old friend, Tom Bocci. She used her long time band, The Dalton Gang. The album was a great critical success; it reached No.1 on the World Country Independent Chart and the track 'Slip Away' became the No.1 single on that chart as well.
In 2005, the album reached No.1 on the American Western Music Chart and, once again, 'Slip Away' reached No.1 on that chart. Less than a year later, 'Slip Away' was used on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Alison’s, Sundance film, 'Don’t Tell'.
Ironically, over the twenty years since it was written for her, four major record companies in Nashville had refused to allow Lacy J. Dalton to record 'Slip Away', one reason for her foray into the unchartered waters of independent recording.
Lacy J. Dalton's former duet partners have included George Jones, Eddie Rabbitt (Thursday 27 November 1941 - Thursday 7 May 1998), Bobby Bare, David Allan Coe and Glen Campbell.