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Back Roads

Kate WolfAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000003343
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lately
2. Emma Rose
3. Sitting On The Porch
4. The Redtail Hawk
5. Telluride
6. Goodbye Babe
7. It Ain't In The Wine
8. Tequila & Me
9. Legend In His Time
10. Riding In The Country
11. Oklahoma Going Home
12. Back Roads

Editorial Reviews

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Wolf's debut recording (released in 1976 on her Owl Records imprint) was only a small indication what was to come. After all, who could have predicted the influence she would have on a generation of singer-songwriters? In retrospect, this first studio effort sounds a bit tentative; it's as if Wolf holds back for fear of giving too much too soon. She needn't have worried; she was a prolific songwriter and interpreter who never ran short of material. The sad opener "Lately" and the kick-up-your-heels joy "Sitting on the Porch" point toward the intimate, confessional lyrical tone she came to master. --Alexandra Russell

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Voice--Highly Recommended February 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm listening to this cd as I write this. Kate Wolf had an incredible voice. She had so many good songs with lyrics that really hit home, it is hard to say which is a favorite. I'd give this 4 1/2 stars. It is pretty mellow with the exception of a few bluegrassy sounding tunes. You simply have to hear Kate sing once and you're hooked. Highly Recommended
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal memories and public praise August 9, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
My name isn't Gavin. This is my friend's account and his computer, too. I don't have either and I'm not of the digital set, but I'm well aquainted with Kate's tunes. My name is David Silverman and I'm a guitarest and ol' time fiddler and once had the good fortune to spend time with Kate and Bruce Utah Phillips and Nina Gerber in northern California and also in Austin' Texas. These are people who helped to shape my musical persona and who helped me to become who I am now, some thirty years later. For that I'll always be greatfull, but perticurly to Kate, who took a personal intrest in me. The level of dedication that kate Wolf had for her poetry set to music was unbelievable and when she wasn't struggling to keep it together on the survival level, sleeping in her car and playing nickel and dime gigs her creativity flowed like water comming out of a spiggot in the purest form I'd ever heard before or since. She was a folk singer and writer in the best sence, taking the experiences we as people hold in common, friendship, love, lonliness, love for family and wonder of the world we are surrounded by and she put them in a context that was totaly believable and easy to relate to. Durring her short time with us she gave us gifts we can enjoy for all time and that is the mark of a true artist and anyone not firmiliar with her works who has a proclivity tward this form would do himself a favor by developing a collection of her music. It is gratifying to know it is so redily available here, even after this length of time. Her music will always be relavent. David Silverman Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate captures the 'essence' of the rural west August 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I can't think of anyone who seemed to understand and was able to convey the feeling of the West better than Kate. This CD says it all. I first met her when I was living in Mariposa CA. in the 'golden rolling hills' she sang about. Some of her songs seem a little dated now but most of the songs on this album will strike a cord with country folk who love the land and life they lead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hometown girl does good! May 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Kate Wolf & The Wildwood Flower produced their first album originally released on Owl Records in 1976. Kate was living in Sonoma County and was well known in the area being a DJ as well as performing in the area with her band The Wildwood Flower. The cover shot was taken at Goat Rock Beach in Jenner. Back Roads has a very intimate feel being recorded mostly live in a living room over 5 days in front of a roaring fire. The album is filled with great songs starting off with Kate's lovely Lately and also includes a great cover of The Redtail Hawk. When all is said and done, there isn't a weak song on the album. It's a shame that the album isn't better known because it's a masterpiece.
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