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Virginia City Highlands own Lacy J. Dalton inducted to NMCMA International Hall of Fame

Virginia City’s Lacy J. Dalton will  be inducted into the North American Country Music Association, International Hall of Fame in ceremonies in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Pigeon Forge is Parton’s hometown.

Dolly Parton’s band will provide backup for performers who will include Dalton and  guitarist Dale Poune of Carson City.

Lacy J. Dalton got her big break in 1978 and first hit the charts with her own song, “Crazy Blue Eyes,” that went to No. 17 on the U.S. charts.

Her chart topping hits include “Takin It Easy” (No. 2), “Everybody Makes Mistakes”  (No. 5), “16th Avenue” and “Hard Times” (No. 7) “Hillbilly Girl With the Blues” (No. 8)  “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (No. 9.) and “Whisper (No. 10).”

Working her way up, she held jobs to help support her family. Included was a job as a truck stop waitress who would wait on tables and then go on stage and sing a few songs.

In 1979 She was named “Top New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music and then signed with Columbia Records in 1980.

She is active in both the local music scene, tours abroad and is a tireless supporter of the wild horses that roam freely in rural Nevada.

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