Country music hit-maker Lacy J. Dalton is up to something we’re all going to love. Having built a successful career for herself in the world of country music, Dalton has been evolving her sound into the world of Americana since 2004. This year she released her Americana EP Scarecrow which was a blend of deep edgy music that took Dalton’s songwriting in a whole new direction that shared sides of her we had never seen before.
Today, we are excited to premier her new video for the title track, “Scarecrow.”
The “Scarecrow” video was produced and directed by Jimmy Jackson.
“I remember when we were visiting the Lakota reservation at Standing Rock, North Dakota and Jimmy was playing guitar for me. Revered Indian medicine man Isaac Dog Eagle, who was 80 some years old at the time, not once but twice took Jimmy’s face in his hands, blessed him, and said to Jimmy, ‘you see! Jimmy, you see.’ We didn’t know what that meant at the time, but we do now. Jimmy has always seen me as who I am becoming, not who I have been. In addition, Jimmy has helped me write and produce a CD for Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio, and a number of other recordings.”
Scarecrow EP, was produced by Ira Ingber, who’s past experiences have included playing with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, and Captain Beefheart.
“These days I’ve been enjoying the Americana style of music,” says Dalton. “It includes some great Country aspects, but I’ve also been incorporating elements of folk, R&B, and even Bluegrass and the Blues. I have many songs I’ve written, but never recorded. It is so much fun to be recording them now.”
Dalton surrounded herself with experienced musicians on this project, including bassist John Avila, also a renowned producer, composer, arranger, and vocalist whose credits include performing with Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Oingo Boingo, and drummer David Raven, who has recorded and toured with the likes of Keith Richards, Norah Jones, T-bone Burnett, Steve Earle, Shelby Lynne, and Lucinda Williams.
Dalton is also celebrating her 40th anniversary in country music, and of her hit single “Crazy Blue Eyes.” Lacy J. Dalton gained prominence in the late 1970’s as one of the fastest rising stars. With the launch of her first single “Crazy Blue Eyes,” Dalton saw her career rise as the song broke the U.S. Hot Country Charts in 1979, and eventually became a Top 20 hit while on rotation at radio stations throughout the country. After the release of “Crazy Blue Eyes,” Lacy J. continued her streak in country music with “Takin’ It Easy,” “Black Coffee,” “Everybody Makes Mistakes” and her signature song, “16th Avenue” which was voted one of Country’s Top 100 Songs of all time by Billboard Magazine. Besides her charted hit songs, she has recorded duets with the likes of George Jones, Bobby Bare, Glen Campbell and more. She not only toured with Willie Nelson, she was the only female on his “Half Nelson” album, which also included duets with Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Carlos Santana, Neil Young and more. The album went Platinum and Lacy received a gold record for her contribution.
“I’m loving how this musical journey continues,” says Dalton. “I think ‘Scarecrow’ is the best song ever produced on me. My good friend Reverend Barbara Ann Fletcher remarked to me ‘that song makes you a whole new you, and it makes me a whole new me,’ and I love that the way that song turned out can make someone feel that way.”
In early 2019, Lacy was pleasantly surprised to receive several awards from Strictly Country Magazine, including the President’s Choice award for best well written music for ‘Boundless Skies’ and the Pete Huttinger Award for Music Excellence for the CD ‘Last Wild Place Anthology.’