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Tributes to Kate Wolf

Tribute Albums to Kate

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Unfinished Life: Dreams, Friendships and Farewells - 2017
A Choral Tribute to the Artistry of Kate Wolf

Conceived, Arranged and Produced by Randall Keith Horton.

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, California Backroad Singers, Gloria Strasburg, Don Coffin & Barbara Siesel & Gus Garelick

Tribute to Kate Wolf
Live at the Gypsy Cafe – 2015

The Bootleg Honeys

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Like A River – 2012

Poor Man's Whiskey

The songwriting skills of Kate Wolf have long been an inspiration to Poor Man's Whiskey and has often reminded them of their Northern California home when they are on the road. These songs helped shape the Poor Man's Whiskey sound.

Love Still Remains– 2010

Sherry Austin

The Trumpet Vine, a tribute to Kate Wolf – 2003

Laurie McClain

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Contemporary folk can hardly get better than Emmy Lou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, John Gorka, Nanci Griffith, Greg Brown & Ferron, and others singing the songs of the late Kate Wolf.
— Derk Richardson, San Francisco Chronicle Dec. 24, 1998

Treasures Left Behind: Remembering kate Wolf - 1998

A Tribute Album Produced by Kate's long-time accompanist, Nina Gerber, for Red House Records.,

Before she died of leukemia in 1986 at the young age of 44, singer and songwriter Kate Wolf had criss-crossed North America for fifteen years performing some of the most remarkable songs of the era.   With roots in the golden hills, valleys and seashores of Northern California, her songs are still vibrant and healing...simple yet profound.  On this new recording, fourteen artists and admirers pay tribute to Kate and her music. Emmylou Harris' rendition of Kate's Love Still Remains received a 1999 Grammy Nomination for Female Country Vocal Performance.

Songs & Artists

Give Yourself To Love   Kathy Mattea
These Times We’re Living In   Dave Alvin
Friend Of Mine   Nanci Griffith
Sweet Love   John Gorka
Here In California   Lucinda Williams
Like A River   Peter Rowan
Carolina Pines   Cris Williamson & Tret Fure
See Here, She Said   Utah Phillips
In China Or A Woman’s Heart   Rosalie Sorrels
Tequila And Me   Greg Brown & Ferron
Back Roads (instrumental)   Nina Gerber
Cornflower Blue   Eric Bogle
Love Still Remains   Emmylou Harris
Thinking About You   Terry Garthwaite

All songs written by Kate Wolf except Friend Of Mine: words by Kate Wolf; music by Kate Wolf, Nina Gerber, and Ford James.  Published by Another Sundown Publishing Co. (BMI).

A Kate Wolf Retrospective – 1996

Recorded live at the first Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival in 1996 in Sebastopol, California. Featuring 15 songs performed by Kate's musical friends.

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Artists Who Recorded Individual Kate Songs

Many many people have have helped preserve Kate's memory and music by recording her songs.   The list below is a short representation.  If you know of more, please drop us a line.

Dave Alvin recorded Kate’s Here In California on his album West Of The West.

Anderson-Gram recorded Kate's Across The Great Divide on their album Cover to Cover, Give Yourself To Love on their album Where It All Begins and These Times We're Living In on their album Watercolors.

Greg Brown recorded Tequila & Me on his album In The Hills Of California - Live From The Kate Wolf Music Festival 1997-2003, a 2-disc compilation of Greg's best performances from the beloved Kate Wolf Music Festival, dating back to his first appearance in 1997. It also includes a song Greg wrote for Kate: Kate’s Guitar.

Bunny Sings Wolf recorded Back Roads on her album Sacred GroundThe Lilac The AppleEyes of a Painter, and Old Jerome on her album Buffalo Tales; and These Times We're Living In and Give Yourself to Love on her album White Haired Sunrise.

Sharon Burch recorded Brother Warrior on her album Touch The Sweet Earth.

Karl Burke recorded Across The Great Divide on his album Heart’s Prism.

'Gaelic Americana' singer Kyle Carey covered Kate's song Across the Great Divide which is on her 2014 album North Star.

Cyrus Clarke recorded Kate's song Safe At Anchor on his 2000 album California Stories and her song Across The Great Divide on his 2005 album Calsong.

Cathy Cowette recorded Across The Great Divide on her album Song’s for a Winter’s Night.

Dakota Blonde covered Kate's song Across The Great Divide on their album Something Simple.

Farmstrong recorded Carolina Pines on their album Don't Go Down That Road and Across The Great Divide on their album Forever.

Nina Gerber, Kate's longtime accompanist, released Good Music With Good People, an album of live performances from the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival. Nina accompanies ten different artists, including Solid Air performing Fly Away, John Gorka playing Sweet Love, as well as Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald singing Unfinished Life.

Lorin Grean recorded Brother Warrior on her album The Call.

Nanci Griffith recorded Across The Great Divide on her album Other Voices/Other Rooms.

Carolyn Hester recorded Brother Warrior on her album We Dream Forever.

Amy Hindman recorded Give Yourself To Love on her album Beyond The Edge.

Barbara Jo Kammer recorded Medicine Wheel on her album One Song At A Time.

Rick & Lorraine Lee recorded Sweet Love and 4th Rate Romance on their album Contrasts.

The Mill Run Dulcimer Band recorded In China or a Woman’s Heart on their album Roses and Memories.

Misty River recorded Green Eyes on their album Willow.

Susan Nikas recorded In China Or A Woman's Heart on her album Stories.

Tom Rigney recorded Kate's Brother Warrior on his 2002 Metamorphosis album, accompanied by Nina Gerber. He also dedicated his first solo album, Rigo, to Kate.

Lavinia Ross recorded Kate's songs Cornflower Blue, Back Roads and Two-Way Waltz on her album Keepsake. It also includes George Schroder's The Redtail Hawk, a staple at Kate Wolf concerts.

Dan Schatz recorded Brother Warrior on his album The Song And The Sigh.

Moira Smiley & VOCO recorded Kate's song Carolina Pines on their album Circle, Square, Diamond & Flag.

Daphne Tse & The Kaua'i Ohana Band recorded Kate’s Give Yourself To Love on her album Finding Water.

WayStation recorded Like A River on their album Looking For Love.

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber recorded Kate's Lay Me Down Easy on their album Apple Blossom Lane.

Christopher Westfall recorded Give Yourself To Love on his album Kindred Spirits.

Artists Who Wrote Songs About Kate

We just added this section of songs written about Kate.  If you know of more, please let us know.

Anderson-Gram are a duo based in California. Their song Western Wind was conceived at the second Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival and the second verse is about Kate.

Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle wrote Katie and the Dreamtime Land, one of his most popular songs, as a tribute to Kate Wolf.

Claire Dacey is a singer/songwriter from Massachusetts. The first verse of her song Singing My Way Home is about Kate.

 Kate Wolf Recordings on Compilation Albums

Kate's original recordings appear alongside other artists on these collections.

Acoustic Box features Kate Wolf performing her song See Here She Said (with Kate on the album cover). Released in 2017 by Warner Music.

Connections 3, released in 2017 by KRCB-FM Radio. features Kate Wolf performing her song Riding In The Country.

John Muir Tribute album features Kate Wolf performing Give Yourself To Love.

Philadelphia Folk Festival features Kate performing Paul Siebel's song Then Came The Children from the 1977 Philadelphia Folk Festival. Released in 1978 on Flying Fish Records FF-064.

First Press features Kate performing her song Although I've Gone Away.  This collection of songs by Sonoma County, California artists was released in 1981 on Rail Records #101.

Out Of The Darkness features Ian Campbell's song, The Sun Is Burning, recorded by Kate for this collection. Released in 1984 on Fire On The Mountain 4001.

 Kate Wolf Recordings in Film

Kate's song Across The Great Divide appeared in Downwind, Downstream, a documentary of the threat to water quality, sub-alpine ecosystems, and public health in the Colorado Rockies from mining operations, acid rain, and urbanization. It was released in 1988 by Bullfrog films and received several awards.

Tribute Shows

Kate's friends, fans and family gathered to celebrate her life.

1987 • Memorial • Great American Music Hall
Nina Gerber, Bruce “Utah “ Phillips, Terry Garthwaite, Rosalie Sorrels, Wavy Gravy, and others held a memorial for Kate, who had passed away the previous December. Read about it in The Tenderloin Times.

1999 • 50th Birthday • Great American Music Hall
Kate’s musical friends took to the GAMH stage again to celebrate her life on the occasion of her 50th birthday.

2017 • 75th Birthday • Freight & Salvage
Kate’s friends, fans and family enjoyed a long evening of Kate Wolf songs and stories. We also celebrated the re-release of Kate’s first three albums on her original Owl Records label. Details.

And The Festival

The longest-lasting tribute to Kate is, of course, the annual Kate Wolf Music Festival, running for over 20 years.  It always features "Kate Wolf Song Sets" by individual acts, as well as "in the round" style sessions with multiple artists singing  Kate songs and sharing their Kate stories. The festival closes with a main stage sing-along of Give Yourself To Love. Please join us!