The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #117357 Message #2537276
Posted By: Dan Schatz
10-Jan-09 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: 2 CD tribute to Utah Phillips!
Subject: RE: 2 CD tribute to Utah Phillips!
Rosalie's tribute album came out in July, I think - just in time for the Kate Wolf Memorial Festival. It is an amazing collection, and Rosalie was extremely good-natured about our album coming out around the same time. (As it turns out, much later - which is probably better for both collections.) I have never heard so much love translated into a recorded medium as she manages to achieve in that album.
That - along with powerful performances - is the genius of Strangers in Another Country. Singing Through the Hard Times holds a lot of love and admiration, and some top-notch performances, but only Rosalie could get into the depths of Utah's life the way she did.
Obviously I'm biased, but I think the two collections are a nice compliment to each other. Only a handful of the songs are the same on the two albums, and even those are very different performances.
Rosalie also performs a song on Singing Through the Hard Times - The Soldier's Return - which is not included on Strangers in Another Country.
Incidentally, Strangers in Another Country received a 2008 Grammy nomination for the Best Traditional Folk Album.