Lacy J. Dalton
Lacy J. Dalton performed a crossover-ready form of New Traditional country beginning in the '80s and up into the '90s but never broke the big time. With a powerful voice that arguably precluded Melissa Etheridge in strength and texture, and material that was better than her hits let on, Dalton was an unfortunate oversight in the country community. Her music is rooted in the hippie-freakout Country Blues of Janis Joplin's Pearl, cleaned up a bit for mass-consumption. Synthesizers and '80s production practices may mar some of her songs, but exceptional Nashville musicianship and Dalton's stellar vocals will provide rewarding Country Pop for the young country enthusiast.