Folk singer Kate Wolf (1942-1986) was a San Francisco Bay Area legend whose career was sadly cut short by leukemia. Happily, her family has been quite resolute at keeping her musical memory alive by releasing new material from time to time.
The latest in this series is Live In Mendocino—a collection of concert tracks in venues along the California coast she loved so much. The Wolf family recently reached a Kickstarter base goal for a ten-track album, but as there was so much great material from which to choose, they are now in the midst of a stretch goal to double the release to 20 tracks.
If you're a Kate Wolf fan—or someone who likes discovering folk artists you haven't heard before—you might like to help the cause.
Nicholas Wilson had recorded more than 15 hours of live performances by Wolf between 1979 and 1982—nearly 200 songs! Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Nina Gerber—Wolf's long-time accompanist—appears on every track, excepting one a cappella piece, and Gerber was also involved in the song selection.
*Full disclosure: I have known Kate's son Max for decades. His dedication to increasing his mother's catalog is indefatigable, and it comes from a place of wanting to expose new fans to her music and to secure her on-going legacy. Furthermore, Kate Wolf was a compelling and charismatic performer who had a wonderful way of wrapping a song around your ears until it seeped deeply into your heart. You don't want to miss musicians such as this.