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Kate Wolf’s family re-releases her first three albums on her original record label: Owl Records.
Kate Wolf’s family re-releases her first three albums on her original record label: Owl Records.
179 backers pledged $10,595 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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        Kate Wolf, beloved California folk singer-songwriter, established her own record company, Owl Records, to release her first albums. This project – managed by Kate’s family – restores Back Roads, Lines On The Paper and Safe At Anchor to the record shelves. Please help us by pledging for her albums on compact disc or digital download.

We Made It: Thank You Backers!

This campaign went further than our wildest expectations. Kate's family deeply appreciates everyone's support of her music. Not only are we able to republish Kate's first three albums on her original Owl Records label, we're also going to reprint A Kate Wolf Retrospective (radio station KRCB's album of the first Kate Wolf festival) and we're going to give all backers a download of the Kate Wolf 75th Birthday Concert. We're delighted..so thank you!

Remember, you can always find out more about Kate and her music at KateWolf.com. Recordings, videos and songbooks are available there too.

Stretch Goal #2 - We Reached $9,000!

If we reach our new $9,000 stretch goal by the time the campaign closes this Sunday (January 8th), all backers will receive a free digital download of the Kate Wolf 75th Birthday Concert and Benefit for Camp Winnarainbow.

This is our way of saying thank you to everyone who helped bring back Kate’s first three albums. So where will the $2,000 go you ask? Mostly to the performers, who are very generous with their time (the show is also a benefit for Wavy Gravy’s Camp Winnarainbow). And we’ll need to master the audio as well.

About the 75th Kate Wolf Birthday Concert : On January 27th, the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California hosts an evening of Kate Wolf songs and stories, featuring Nina Gerber, Chris Webster, The Cache Valley Drifters, Don Coffin, Hugh Shacklett, Sherry Austin, Poor Man’s Whiskey and emcees Bill Amatneek and Wavy Gravy.

Please Share Now – Our Campaign Ends Sunday!  (Owl Facebook)

 

Stretch Goal #1 - We Reached $7,000!

Our amazing backers met the $7,000 stretch goal the day after we announced it…fantastic! Now we can reprint KRCB’s A Kate Wolf Retrospective recording of the first Kate Wolf festival.

Album Cover for “A Kate Wolf Retrospective” 1996 Festival Recording
Album Cover for “A Kate Wolf Retrospective” 1996 Festival Recording

Now that we’ve reached our campaign goal, we’ve added a stretch goal to raise an additional $1,000 to reprint another Kate Wolf related album. Public radio station KRCB released A Kate Wolf Retrospective, a recording of the very first Kate Wolf memorial festival in 1996. Nina Gerber, Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels and many others perform 16 songs, most of which Kate wrote or recorded during her career. See more details in Update #3. Please include the add-on amount in your pledge to help us reach our stretch goal!

About The Three Albums

Kate Wolf at the Release Party for Back Roads with Emma Rose and Pete Wiseman, bassist.
Kate Wolf at the Release Party for Back Roads with Emma Rose and Pete Wiseman, bassist.

Forty years ago, Kate released her first album, and the following year her second, on her own Owl Records label. Subsequently, performing and touring took more of her time, and she partnered with Kaleidoscope Records for her third album, the first recorded in a studio.  All songs are written by Kate except for the six noted below.

Original Album Reviews

We thought it would be fun to share excerpts from original reviews of Back Roads.

  • Audio Magazine, June 1976: Kate Wolf’s album is a fine example of homemade music. Her songs are gentle, acoustic country songs in the story-telling tradition. Emma Rose is an especially poignant song of growing old, alone and bitter.
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 1976 : Sonoma County country singer Kate Wolf has an excellent album out on her own Owl Records label.
Kate Wolf and Nina Gerber in San Francisco
Kate Wolf and Nina Gerber in San Francisco
 

Album Artwork

Kate's family has faithfully adapted the original LP artwork to extended 24-page CD booklets that include all song lyrics and original photographs plus some never-before-seen photos from the recording sessions.  Bonnie Kate Wolf, Kate’s granddaughter, reworked the original 3” Owl Records label design that appeared in the center of vinyl LPs to the compact disc’s 4” label format.

Back Roads disc labels: then and now

Rewards

The Basics

Choose a reward level and complete the pledge process.  If you would like additional items, please see Add-Ons below.  You can always change your reward level before the campaign closes.

About Digital Downloads

Instead of a physical disc, we'll send a CD-size sticker featuring the album cover.  A unique code on the removable backing can be used one time to download the album (in MP3 or FLAC format). If you like, you can order extra digital album stickers (see Add-Ons below) and give download code to friends.

Kate Wolf 75th Birthday Concert Reward

We're celebrating Kate's 75th birthday on January 27, 2017 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California. The show benefits Wavy Gravy's Camp Winnarainbow. Full details are at KateWolf.com/75.

  • Does your friend need a ticket too? Please ask them to back the campaign (because additional tickets are not available as add-ons to your pledge). Then send us a message to let us know you’d like to sit together and we’ll put your names on adjacent reserved seats.
  • If you need to transfer your ticket to someone else, just send us a note (tickets can only be transferred by Kate’s family).

The Survey

After the campaign closes, we'll send a survey asking which album(s) you want. If receiving multiple albums, you'll specify the titles. For example, for 3 CDs, you could have three different titles or two copies of one title and one copy of another title. If you wish to add more albums to your pledge, please see the Add-Ons section below.

Add-Ons

You can add the above items by increasing your pledge by the item amount(s) shown here. Note: the $7 and $21 digital download reward levels only support digital download add-ons (due to shipping). If you are not in the United States, please use the amount in the "Other" column.

The albums available for Add-On are Back Roads, Lines On The Paper, Safe At Anchor and Carry It On (a stretch goal from our previous Kickstarter).

Kate Wolf and the Wildwood Flower
Kate Wolf and the Wildwood Flower

Thank You & Please Share!

Please share this campaign with your friends and help us reach our goal.
  - Thank you, Kate's Family

P.S. Kate's grandson Eli Wolf created the project video.

Risks and challenges

Kate Wolf’s family has run her businesses since her passing in 1986. We published two songbooks and a video collection. In our first Kickstarter, which included the re-release of Carry It On on Owl Records, we successfully delivered rewards to backers on time. We already have the three albums for this project queued up at the duplicator, and we’re using the fulfillment company that worked so well last time. So there’s nothing unfamiliar here and we feel confident that we can deliver as promised.

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    1 Kate Wolf Digital Download & Sticker

    One album of your choice on digital download. Includes a CD-sized sticker featuring the album cover.

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    1 Kate Wolf Album on CD

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    3 Kate Wolf Digital Downloads & Stickers

    Three albums of your choice on digital download. Each download includes a CD-sized sticker featuring the album cover.

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    3 Kate Wolf Albums on CD

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    3 Kate Wolf Albums on CD & Austin DVD

    Three albums of your choice on compact disc plus Kate's "Evening In Austin" DVD.

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    3 Kate Wolf Albums on CD & Songbook

    Three albums of your choice on compact disc plus either the "Kate Wolf Songbook" or "Kate Wolf Revisited" (volume 2).

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    Everything Kate

    All four Owl Records Kate Wolf albums on compact disc and digital download: "Back Roads", "Lines On The Paper", "Safe At Anchor" and "Carry It On; the "Kate Wolf Songbook" and "Kate Wolf Revisited" (volume 2); Kate's "Evening In Austin" DVD. (Individually: $130 on Kickstarter and $160 retail.)

    Includes:
    • All 4 Owl Records Albums on Compact Disc
    • All 4 Owl Records Albums on Digital Download (with stickers!)
    • The Kate Wolf Songbook (volume 1)
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    4 Albums & 75th Birthday Concert 1st Row

    All four Owl Records albums on CD and digital download: "Back Roads", "Lines On The Paper", "Safe At Anchor" and "Carry It On –plus– FRONT row seats at the Kate Wolf 75th Birthday Concert and Benefit for Camp Winnarainbow on January 27, 2017. Includes a concert t-shirt and signed poster. (Individually: $163 on Kickstarter and $183 retail.) Pick everything up the night of the show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. Add $55 if you also want both songbooks and the DVD.

    Includes:
    • All 4 Owl Records Albums on Compact Disc
    • All 4 Owl Records Albums on Digital Download (with stickers!)
    • Kate Wolf 75th Birthday Concert Front Row Seat
    • Kate Wolf 75th Birthday Concert Poster Signed by the Performers
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