This is basically a music blog. I would like to introduce people to some music they may not know about. I spend an obscene amount of time searching for new musical finds.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The sad sad tale of Judee and Karen

2006 has brought some attention to two barely known and forgotten ladies who deserve to be heard.

Judee Sill was on the early David Geffen label and part of the Laurel Canyon scene. She is considered to be an influence on many musicians. Jackson Brown called her the most talented musician he's ever known. Andy Partridge from XTC says every time he writes a song he thinks about how Judee would sing it. Sadly she had a huge heroin habit that she supported as a prostitute and died alone of an overdose.

Karen Dalton worked the NYC folk club scene in the 60's counting Bob Dylan and The Band as fans. She only recorded 2 albums. Karen died homeless in the 90's on the streets of New York.Katie Cruel is the type of song you might hope to find in the recordings at the library of congress. Even though it was 1969 when the album came out you can imagine this in the 1800's, an apalachian shack, a banjo, fiddle and an otherworldly voice floating to you through the hollows.

karendaltonkatiecruel.mp3 Explore more Karen here.

JudeeSillTheresARuggedRoad.mp3 Probably Judee's best known song is on this site


Anonymous pete said...

Thanks for the intro to Judee Sill-her vocal stylings are haunting. Now I wish I hadn't slept on the two reissues that Rhino Handmade put out last year of a couple of her albums (which are now sold out and unavailable).

Secondly, could you please reupload the extended version of "To Look At You" by INXS? I'd be forever grateful...
Thanks very much!

10:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Whatever weird thing that was happening that was preventing me from listening to the song links has gone away! Listened to "Katie Cruel." What a haunting song! Something in it reminded me of the dark, sepia tones of Nick Cave's folk/goth stuff. Be well and keep up the good work!


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Blogger veronica martian said...

John and Pete, I'm so glad someone else appreciates these ladies. The fiddle on Karens song is probably the best i've heard since Baba O' Rielly. I'm sorry that I missed out on the reissues too. From my understanding they were only released in England ?!? There is some Judy on Itunes available. So we aren't totally in the dark.

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