K D Lang
A Country Music Celebration: The 30th Anniversary of the Country Music Assocation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)
Born in a small town in Alberta, Canada, k d lang first gained prominence as a country and western singer. With her close-cropped hair, cowgirl gear and horn-rimmed glasses, she cut an ironic figure that even she has admitted was wacky. But when she opened her mouth to sing, audiences listened. As she dropped the outer trappings and concentrated on her vocal stylings, many began to compare her with the great Patsy Cline. (In fact, lang used to claim that she was the reincarnation of the singer). After two albums with her band, the Reclines, lang began performing as a solo artist. "Shadowland" (1988), her third album, received critical kudos and the singer was lumped with such artists as Lyle Lovett as emblems of the "New Country" movement; artists who managed to find novel approaches to the form without alienating the core audience.