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Lacy J. Dalton

Scarecrow – 2019 (Songdog)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Even while Lacy J. Dalton was making hit songs in the '80s, her bluesy voice stood out. She was a vocalist with undeniable soul, so when she sang about "Hard Times," for example, you believed she knew what she was singing about. Dalton has now released a four-song EP. With two of its songs clocking in at over five minutes long, though, it ends up sounding much longer than a mere extended play.

Dalton is still in fine voice, and time has only added character to her singing over time. The opener "It Takes an Earthquake Sometimes" rings true - especially for those of us that live in earthquake country. Sadly, the aftermath of an earthquake can sometimes push an already shaky relationship to its demise. Dalton's song speculates on how we many times need to be shaken out of our lethargy before we make significant life changes.

Dalton had a hand in writing all of these songs, and her guitar-playing producer, Ira Ingberg, assembled a crack band, including drummer David Raven, for a project saturated in rootsy rock goodness. The moody title truck, for instance, is built upon a sturdy acoustic country groove.

Although Dalton was a bona fide hitmaker back during her heyday, she was also so much more than just a pretty country music face. Instead, the depth of her song lyrics set her apart, as did her special voice. "Scarecrow" finds Dalton sounding strong and assured and should earn her a place at the Americana table.