Lacy J. Dalton

400 Greatest Singles of the Nineties: #225-#201

July 28, 2010 // 17 Comments

As we reach the halfway point of the countdown, seventies stars like Tanya Tucker and Don Williams prove just as relevant to the decade as newbies like Terri Clark and and Clay Walker. But it’s eighties original George Strait that dominates this section with three additional entries.

400 Greatest Singles of the Nineties: #225-#201

Passionate Kisses
Mary Chapin Carpenter
1992 | Peak: #4


A lightweight wish list/love ditty that somehow seems to tap into a deep well of truth. Credit Carpenter’s soulful vocal, which digs in and finds the cohesive character written between the song’s separate cute lines. – Dan Milliken

Black Coffee
Lacy J. Dalton
1990 | Peak: #15


The electric guitar line sounds cribbed from The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”, but the sentiment couldn’t be much more different. Dalton is tense all over, as bad omens seem to stack on top of each other while she waits in anticipation of one big let-down. – DM

100 Greatest Women, #62: Lacy J. Dalton

May 4, 2008 // 6 Comments

100 Greatest Women #62 Lacy J. Dalton A full-throated voice for the working class. Lacy J. Dalton sang once about “Hard Times,” and during her early years, she certainly lived through some of them. But her music has always been defined by two distinct characteristics: her raspy, Joplin-esque vocals, and her thematic focus on working class Americans, those everyday people that are too often invisible as they keep the country running and struggle to make ends meet. When Dalton sang about them, she was drawing on her own personal experience. Raised a small-town girl in Appalachian Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of a beautician and a mechanic. Both her mother and her father worked side jobs – as a waitress and a hunting tour guide, respectively – to pay the bills. They were also both country musicians, but like many a child of the sixties, Dalton was drawn to the Read More