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Lacy J. Dalton plays CVI

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Lacy J. Dalton performs at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce 70-year celebration on Monday at the Nevada State Prison.
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Carson Valley Inn kicks off the 2016 concert season with an intimate performance by Lacy J. Dalton.

Dalton will perform in the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn April 8.

“I have known Lacy for a long time and we are honored to have her perform on April 8 in our Valley Ballroom,” Stew Stewart, Entertainment Manager for the Carson Valley Inn, said. “We hope to enhance her concert evening by sharing information on some more of the exciting plans we have for outdoor entertainment at TJ’s Corral this summer.”

Eclectic and bluesy, Dalton was one of the most distinctive female country singers of the ‘80s. Her first loves were folkies like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, but she also soaked up country music through her father. Born Jill Lynne Byrem in Pennsylvania, she performed as a protest-oriented folksinger during the ‘60s in Santa Cruz and sang with a Bay Area psychedelic rock band called Office. She went on to reinvent herself as a country performer, adopting the stage name Lacy J. Dalton, and landed a deal with CBS when producer Billy Sherrill heard her demo tape in 1979.

Her Top 20 debut single, “Crazy Blue Eyes,” helped her win the CMA’s Best New Artist Award, and she scored an impressive run of hits over the next three years, highlighted by “Hard Times,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “Hillbilly Girl with the Blues,” the number two smash “Takin’ It Easy,” “16th Avenue,” and “Everybody Makes Mistakes.” All but “Tennessee Waltz” made the Top Ten.

Ambitious stylistic shifts came about and Dalton devoted attention to rock-oriented material (1986’s “Working Class Man” was a decent-sized hit), blues, and bluegrass. She subsequently departed for Capitol, where she recorded four albums through 1992. In 1999, she assembled the Wild Horse Crossing compilation, which featured several new tracks of her own and was released by her own Let ‘Em Run foundation, which still works to preserve the wild horses of the west.

The doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 at the CVI hotel desk or call 783-6606.

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TJ’s Corral will explode with performances beginning with Granger Smith on May 28. Other names like Frankie Ballard (June 2), The Oak Ridge Boys (June 25) and Randy Houser (Sept. 8) will also grace Carson Valley Inn’s outdoor arena.

The Oak Ridge Boys first performed at TJ’s Corral in 2014 after the passing of the arena’s namesake Theodore James “T.J.” Day passed away.

Information about all of the acts performing, including Dalton, as well as ticket prices can be found at