Episode 105: Jason Woodbury on Karen Dalton’s “In My Own Time” (1971)

Episode 105

26th September 2019

Oliver and Morgan discuss Karen Dalton’s “In My Own Time” with music writer Jason Woodbury

Episode notes

The Album: Karen Dalton In My Own Time (1971)

In My Own Time was the second and final studio album by Karen Dalton, a musician who preferred to stay out of the spotlight. She didn’t enjoy much commercial success when she was here with us, but the impact she left on the world is immeasurable. Artists like Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan have cited her as an influence (Dylan would even back her up on harmonica in live performances). Her unique voice, often compared to Billie Holiday, was a blend of bluesy, world-weary, and haunting, but warm.

Music writer James Woodbury joins Oliver and Morgan to discuss Karen’s voice in the world of strangely captivating voices, the value of reissue labels, and Karen’s interpretations of popular songs. Join us as we leave for the country and take a deep dive into this forgotten classic.

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More on In My Own Time

Show Tracklisting (all songs from In My Own Time unless indicated otherwise):

  • Take Me
  • Joanna Newsom: Sadie
  • Wall: Something on Your Mind
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Laura Nyro & Labelle: Jimmy Mack
  • In My Own Dream
  • Esther Phillips: Home is Where the Hatred Is
  • Angela McCluskey: It’s Been Done
  • Tiny Tim: Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Me
  • In A Station
  • Something On Your Mind
  • Take Me
  • George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Take Me
  • Something On Your Mind
  • One Night of Love
  • Same Old Man
  • Are You Leaving for the Country
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Judee Still: Jesus was a Cross Maker
  • Valerie June: Workin’ Woman Blues
  • Big Mama Thornton: Sweet Little Angel

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there

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In this episode...


  • Jason Woodbury

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