Self-taught from age seven in country-rag-time on her bro’s banjo (whilst he was out), the opener here was her first accomplishment. From fifty years later, this entire record is pure magic and downright essential.
Street pranks and put-ons — ‘terrorizations’ — from early sixties San Francisco; also a DVD of the pair’s The Impostors TV show, too far ahead of its time to get past this ‘64 pilot.
‘My favourite singer in the place was Karen Dalton. Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday’s and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed’ (Bob Dylan); ‘Without a doubt, she is my favourite singer’ (Devendra Banhart).
21 tracks recorded live in a Colorado coffee shop back in 1962. A wonderful complement to the two studio albums.
Newly unearthed rehearsal tape from 1966, with KD singing solo to her own banjo and guitar, plus four duets with Richard Tucker. Fred Neil, God Bless The Child, folk songs Katie Cruel… some tremendous stuff.
A great audio companion to the Joe Bussard DVD. Stunning 78s — Charley Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, The Carter Family and the rest — all from his own collection.
Hillbilly and blues musicians facing up to catastrophe and darkness.
The 1981 LP back on vinyl, with 24-page booklet; also as CDs (including 28 new tracks) in a 224-page hardback book combining the original liner notes with new essays, annotations and sixty-odd pictures, mostly new.
The debut album — overflowing with spirited, raw and youthful performances, most of them interpretations.