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Carol Kleyn, ‘Love Has Made Me Stronger’ (Drag City)

The folk singer Carol Kleyn almost made it. Gregg ?Allman took her on tour, ?Graham Nash gave her his card (though she was too scared to call), yet she eventually walked barefoot into the otherworld of ?private-press recordings, West Coast spirit-seekers, and Renaissance Faire gigs. Her 1976 debut (reissued plus one new song free for download) is brief and unpretentious, a soprano celebrating heaven on earth over harp and piano.