Released in 1969 on Verve Records, Barbara Keith’s self-titled debut features singer-songwriter stylings with a definite country-rock, down-homey kind of vibe. Her voice has this slight shake to it like a higher range Marianne Faithfull or even a little bit of Dolly Parton.
This release often gets confused with her ‘72 release on Reprise because they are both self-titled but these two albums are completely different beasts. Personally, I’m partial to this album, the production is a little bit rougher around the edges than her Reprise release (her most well-known one), but there is something so soulful about the way she sings on this particular album. Of the many 60’s and 70’s chanteuses I have found in my diggings, she continues to be one of my favorite ones.
Today, she lives in Massachusetts, playing shows mostly locally with her band The Stone Coyotes which features her husband, John Tibbles, on the drums, Barbara Keith singing and playing guitar and their stepson Doug on the bass.