Karen Dalton possessed a singular and soul stirring voice while existing well off the radar yet her influence belies her humble and troubled life.
Dalton released two brilliant studio albums during her short life, It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best (1969) and In My Own Time (1971), passing away at 55 from AIDS-related illness.
I’ve been listening to this haunting music, which also featured Dalton on guitar and banjo, for many years but she remains somewhat of a mystery. For that reason, I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn more.
From DOC NYC:
WORLD PREMIERE | Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized by Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen’s dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.
In My Own Time: A Portrait Of Karen Dalton premiers today and runs through November 11. Tickets are required which you can purchase from the IFC Center.
Director: Robert Yapkowitz, Richard Peete
Executive Producer: Wim Wenders, Light in the Attic
Producer: Traci Carlson, Richard Peete; Co-Producer: Abby Horton, Conall Jones, Elliott Coley
Cinematographer: Alex Galitano, Sam Wootton, Kevin Phillips, Joe Anderson, Gabe Elder, Ryan Dickie
Editor: Lance Edmands, Robert Yapkowitz, Ed Yonaitis, Thomas Niles
Music: Julia Holter