Monday, March 09, 2015

'Too Folk for the Country crowd and too Country for the Folkies!' The Music of Kate Wolf

It is an absolute travesty that Kate Wolf is not better known or recognised in the UK for the talent that she was… EPIC songwriting that really should be talked about and up there with the likes of Townes Van Zandt or Gram Parsons...

Her life story was also equally as tragic as the aforementioned boys own favourites if not more so in fact albeit in a different context having died at the age of only 44 following a long and harrowing battle with Leukemia…

As well as an exceptional songwriter Kate was a family woman, bar singer, Country Music DJ and music festival programmer.

'Oklahoma Going Home' is taken from her debut LP 'Back Roads' by Kate Wolf & The Wildwood Flower which was pretty much recorded live with little or no overdubs over five days in front of an open fire in a cabin on the North Coast of Sonomo County, California in 1976

Kate released six fine albums whilst she was alive with numerous albums released posthumously.

Back Roads (1976) (billed as Kate Wolf and the Wildwood Flower)
Lines on the Paper (1977)
Safe at Anchor (1979)
Close to You (1980)
Give Yourself to Love (1982)
Poet's Heart (1985)

Gold in California – A Retrospective of Recordings (1986)
The Wind Blows Wild (1988)
An Evening in Austin (1988)
Looking Back at You (1994)
Carry It On (1996)
Weaver of Visions – The Kate Wolf Anthology (2000)

Every year at the Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville California there is a festival to commemorate and celebrate the music of Kate Wolf> This year's event will be the 20th Festival and promises to be amazing. possibly the best yet with acts including Steve Earle, Iron & Wine, Judy Collins and Smokey Robinson plus many more acts and events including:
•Four stages of Music on 150 acres
•Beautiful On Site Camping In Old Growth Oak Trees
•Kids' Area
•Hatha Yoga & Tai-Chi
•Music Jamming Area
•Flowing creek
•Hobo Jungle

Kate Wolf was born Kathryn Louise Allen on 27th January 1942 in San Francisco and died 10th December 1986 in Goodyears California.


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