Lacy J. Dalton (born Jill Lynne Byrem on October 13, 1946 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American country singer and songwriter. She is known for her gritty, powerful vocals, which People Magazine likened to a country equivalent to Bonnie Raitt. Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including "Takin' It Easy," "Crazy Blue Eyes" and "16th Avenue." Though absent from the U.S. country charts since 1990, she still continues to record and perform, having most recently released three independently recorded albums, Wild Horse Crossing on Shop Records in 1999; The Last Wild Place, on Song Dog Records in 2004; and her 2010 self-released Here's To Hank available on her website www.lacyjdalton.com.
When asked about her musical influences, she replied: "Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, Karen Dalton, Fred Koller, Big Mama Thorton, Billie Holliday, Hank Williams, Sr., Tammy Wynette and J.J. Cale."
Lacy J. Dalton has settled in the Comstock region near Virginia City, Nevada.
Dalton has taken an interest in saving Nevada's wild horses after she found some of them roaming around Virginia City. In her "Mustang Messenger," Lacy's Let 'em Run Foundation's newsletter she writes:
"the New Year will find me attempting to view the restoration of horse slaughter for human consumption in some sort of light that will keep my head from exploding. Our wonderful vet here said
“at least they won’t be going to Mexico as much, where slaughter methods are unspeakable”."
"I was moved to write a song which we’ll soon share with you on YouTube; for now, here are the lyrics: “ODE TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE SUE AND THE BUTCHERIN’ CREW
What kind of cowgirl eats horses?
What kind of Rodeo Queen?...
What kind of cowboy eats horses?
^An article from the Virginia City News: (April 21, 2008) - mentions that legend Willie Nelson, with Ms. Dalton, and "a growing legion of country recording artists" have started a national radio campaign to save Nevada's wild horses that might be sold for slaughter.