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Interested in Kate Wolf?

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Vixen 24 May 99 - 10:10 AM
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Tudderj@spawar.navy.mil 25 May 99 - 01:02 AM
Mudjack 25 May 99 - 01:26 AM
Night Owl 25 May 99 - 01:56 AM
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Subject: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Vixen
Date: 24 May 99 - 10:10 AM

Awhile back Tucker suggested that someone start a Kate Wolf thread. I've just done a forum search, and there seems to be a dearth of discussion about this talented artist.

She has a website (and somebody can put this into a blue clicky, because I haven't had a blue clicky work yet)

www.katewolf.com

I'm now on a search to purchase her albums and songbooks. If you haven't heard this woman's music, you are in for a major treat...Articulate, haunting, edgy, WOW.

So, Tucker, here's the thread--let's see what it turns up!


Search for "Kate Wolf" threads

V


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 24 May 99 - 03:53 PM

At times the singer/songwriter audience blows hot and cold. Seven or eight years ago, you couldn't go to an open mic and not hear some Kate Wolf song. Now, I hardly ever hear her work. There are only four of her songs in the DT.

I suspect there has been some Kate Wolf overkill as well. Some people have heard "Give Yourself to Love" one too many times at song circles. Does every new female singer feel required to sing "The Trumpet Vine"?

As I have said elsewhere, I think Kate wrote some songs that will endure. Others, like "Shining" are mostly romantic fluff.

Just my opinion.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Tudderj@spawar.navy.mil
Date: 25 May 99 - 01:02 AM

Kate wrote a beautiful tune that I remember titled as "Across the Great Divide".

John


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Mudjack
Date: 25 May 99 - 01:26 AM

I was so very fortunate to catch Kate in concert, she was just finishing a long tour and appeared to be tired and later we found she had her second bout with leukemia. She asked Utah Phillips to come out of retirement to finish her tour on the west coast. It was the same tour she taped her Austin City Limits appearance.
I'm here to tell all that her performance was a most memorable concert and I'll cherish the memories for the rest of my life. Anyone who has had the special priviledge to see her in concert will miss her even though she left a legacy of songs. I felt like she was a magnet pulling her audience in and intimately singing her songs with personal conviction.
Mj


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Night Owl
Date: 25 May 99 - 01:56 AM

"Articulate" done with "personal conviction" I think is Kate Wolfe's "A Lilac Bush and an Apple Tree"...done simply...just her and her voice. She is one of my favorite performers. Thanks for the thread!!!


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Tiger
Date: 25 May 99 - 02:05 PM

My favs are "Cornflower Blue" and "Desert Wind"


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 25 May 99 - 07:15 PM

I'll second "Across the Great Divide." I moved out West shortly after she died, and it fit my mood. Then I hit 50, and I knew what the song was really about.

-- MA


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Vixen
Date: 26 May 99 - 08:29 AM

D'Cats--

I "third" Across the Great Divide--It really matches up to where my life is. Also, Eyes of a Painter, and Like a River. I have one tape of about 10 songs from a friend, and some of the songs are definitely forgettable, but the ones that work, *really* work.

Roger--as a neophyte songwriter, I'm trying to figure out what makes powerful, memorable, and accessible songs. I don't particularly care about getting rich, what I want is to know that people will be singing the songs I wrote a hundred years from now. Your comment on this thread indicates to me that you have given some consideration to what makes an effective song, so I'd like to know what your criteria are. If you prefer not to go public on the forum, my email is baker_victor@sirus.commnet.edu. Comments from others also welcome!

V


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: jaze
Date: 29 Dec 00 - 09:17 PM

I got into Kate Wolf just a couple years ago(thanks to Nanci Griffith). I can't beleive I missed her all these years. I now have 3 cd's and love everyone. Gold in California, Two Way Waltz, and Old Street Singer are among my favorites.


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 29 Dec 00 - 10:06 PM

I don't know how I got to be so long in the tooth and missed hearing Kate Wolf. Just discovered her this year, though, and am very happy to have done so. I've learned "Two-Way Waltz," and "Telluride Sawmill," "Cornflower Blue," "Lilac Bush and the Apple Tree," and "Give Yourself to Love." I'm singing "Give Yourself to Love" and "Two-Way Waltz" in March at my son's wedding, with his Dad and step-mom. (Sorry, Rog, but they're lovely and fit the occasion. besides, the kids haven't heard her to death yet, so it'll be new to this next generation as well.)

Her keys are my keys and I can play most of the chords she liked (the Bm is a bit of a stretch for my guitar-playing talents, but I learned F#m and C# so I could do "Two-Way Waltz," so I'm certain I'll master the Bm as well.)

I bought the songbook from the website and have enjoyed it hugely.

ww


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 12:56 AM

Kate was an aquired taste for me. I like many of her tunes and find just as many tunes awful. Self indulgent naval gazery at best. But thats what makes a horse race ain't? Do I think she was a major talet? You bet. One of the best ever. I just didn't like everything she did.

"Ridin out the storm" is a favorite. As is "Gold In California" and that "Trumpet Vine" Chestnut.

Don


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Haruo
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 01:11 AM

When she started this thread Vixen asked for a blue clicky to the Kate Wolf site and as far as I can see nobody provided one till, hopefully, now.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: BlueJay
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 04:47 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: My grandson was three months premature, weighing about four pounds. When he finally came home from the hospital, he was quite fussy, what with the oxygen, heart monitor and all. (My daughter, Annie, was living with us at that time). When he was otherwise inconsolable, putting on a Kate Wolf tape calmed him EVERY SINGLE TIME! Never failed.
Didn't matter which tape, or which song. It was amazing.

Something about that woman's voice and music reaches many people's heartstrings, mine included. Worked for my grandson, and it works for me. No one has mentioned Carolina Pines, Cryin' Shame, or Muddy Roads, a few of my favorites. Poet's Heart, IMHO, stands as one of those "stranded on an island" must have albums.

Devon is now five, and recovered quite nicely. Built like a halfback, he now goes to pre-school with my daughter, (his aunt), who is a few months younger than him. I don't think he recognizes the Kate Wolf songs, as he's generally too busy trying to find a screwdriver or something. But he's being raised in a very musical home, so I predict the circle will come around again.

Sorry to ramble so, this is a dear subject to me. And thanks again, WyoWoman, for teaching me the Two Way Waltz. BlueJay


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: kendall
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 09:41 AM

Gordon Bok introduced me to Kate Wolf's music about 25 years ago, and, although I never got to meet her, I love to hear her sing. Like Don, I dont take to everything she does, but, I do have some favorites. "Some kind of Love" is one that I can connect with.


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: Tam Lin
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 10:17 AM

I'm new to the board, and have to agree that Kate's Poet's Heart is a true gem. i ALSO have to agree, tho, that she wrote some real tripe...


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 01:00 PM

Well, getting back to the songwriting angle, what is it that makes some tripe and some gems? How do we know as we're writing a song when it sucks and when it sings? I mean, I pretty much assume everything I write sucks, but I've made my living for 20 years as a writer, so other people don't, apparently, think so. (not a songwriter, a writer writer). By what measure do we separate the wheat from the chaff?

And thanks, bluejay, it was my pleasure. Did I also mention I've learned "gold in california?"

ww


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: jaze
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 01:51 PM

I'm sot sure of the answer to that,Wyo. As a non-performer, I can only say I just gravitate to some songs easier than others. Is it the tune or words or the combination of both? There are many good songwriters/performers I love,but can't think of anyone that I like every song they've done. Joni, Jackson Browne,Dylan and Kate wolf-I like most of their stuff but not everything. Funny how certain songs seem to touch more people than others. Kate's Two Way Waltz is an example.


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: GUEST,John Stewart
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 01:59 PM

Attention Kendall:

I agree that Kate Wolf did a beautiful cover of "Some Kind of Love." But, that's a song that I wrote.

Kate was a wonderful singer and a great friend.

John


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: kendall
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 04:04 PM

Hey, ok..my most severe congratulations!


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 07:12 PM

I thought that Kate was the easiest singer-songwriter to listen to that I ever heard. She made even the shallow songs sound wonderful. "An Unfinished Life" has to be one of the most stunning songs I've EVER heard. Only Jo Stafford's voice grabbed me the way Kate's did. And I'm an unrepentant traditionalist. But I also know what I like.

John, Give my regards to Bill Camplin & Kitty when you next play the Cafe Carpe.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: John Hardly
Date: 31 Dec 00 - 07:10 PM

It was Tony Rice's guitar and Kate Wolf's songs, especially "These Times We're Living In"(bad grammar and all), that got me back into "folk" music in a big way.

I'm still waiting for a tribute cd that makes sense. Gerber worked with her for so long and should know better than I, but the tribute cd she produced was short on performers with a history of knowing KW, and therefore embarrasingly short on meaningful tribute tales to share in the liner notes. Gorka and Williams were the highlight of the cd and had almost no connection.

Conspicuous by absence were those who shared recording credits with her (like Tony Rice).

JH


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Subject: RE: Interested in Kate Wolf?
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 07:19 PM

I'm posting this clicky to connect another of Kate's beautiful songs to the threads about Kate. (It's not obvious from the thread title that it's a Kate Wolf song.)

Arge


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