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Kate Wolf’s affinity for the California coast is reflected in this new album of Mendocino concerts from 1979 to 1982.
488 backers pledged $20,003 to help bring this project to life.

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All 10 Stretch Goals Achieved!

Hundreds of amazing backers pledged double our original base goal. Now Kate Wolf’s Live In Mendocino album will be 20 tracks! Kate’s family is very grateful...we couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank you.

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Introduction

Kate Wolf had a great affinity for the California coast, and she frequently played in Mendocino area venues prior to becoming a nationally known folk singer and songwriter (biography). Since her passing in 1986, Kate’s family has collaborated on a number of projects to keep her music and memory alive. Now we are excited to present a new collection of songs recorded at Mendocino concerts from 1979 to 1982. Please pledge to help bring this album to life on Kate's original Owl Records label!

The Album

Live In Mendocino features eight songs that haven’t appeared on a prior Kate Wolf album: three by Kate and five by others. The album also contains a live version of Across The Great Divide, one of Kate’s most beloved songs. The CD booklet includes lyrics for every song and many previously unpublished photographs.

The Songs

The album will contain at least 10 songs; up to 20 if we meet our stretch goals! (See details below.) Click song titles to hear excerpts.

10 Songs for the Base Kickstarter Goal

1.  Golden Harmony   Kate Wolf   lyrics
2.  Links In The Chain  Kate Wolf   lyrics
3.  You And I Together  Kate Wolf   lyrics
4.  Lonesome  Lyn Hardy
5.  Rain Song  Mike Gwinn
6.  Scott's Creek Bluff   Utah Phillips
7.  20/20 Vision (and Walking Around Blind)  Joe Allison & Milton Estes
8.  2-4-D   Antonia Lamb
9.  Across The Great Divide   Kate Wolf
10.  The Trumpet Vine   Kate Wolf

10 More Songs for the Stretch Goals (all written by Kate Wolf. lyrics)

11. Safe At Anchor
12. The Lilac & The Apple
13. Back Roads
14. She Rises Like The Dolphin
15. Everybody's Looking For The Same Thing Kate Wolf & Hugh Shacklett
16. Great Love Of My Life
17. The Heart
18. Early Morning Melody
19. I Don't Know Why
20. Riding In The Country

The Recordings

The town of Mendocino in the 1970s
The town of Mendocino in the 1970s

The songs are from seven concerts recorded at various Mendocino County, California venues by Nicholas Wilson, whose photos of Kate appear in the album. Perhaps you saw Kate at The Well or Crown Hall in the city of Mendocino or at Greenwood Oasis in Elk?

When Nick told Kate’s family that he had recorded many of these shows, we were excited about the prospect of releasing them. Nick's 15 hours of tapes were made directly from the soundboard at each concert, and he painstakingly digitized nearly 200 song performances.

We then turned to Nina Gerber, Kate’s long time accompanist, who has compiled two other posthumous Kate Wolf collections. Her deep and intimate familiarity with Kate’s music, along with a desire for quality that matched Kate’s, resulted in a selection of 20 tracks that we feel beautifully represent Kate. If you’d like to learn more about the process, visit the Kate Wolf website.

The Performers

Nina Gerber, Kate Wolf & Ford James at Mendocino's Crown Hall in 1982
Nina Gerber, Kate Wolf & Ford James at Mendocino's Crown Hall in 1982

Nina Gerber appears on every track (except the a cappella The Lilac & The Apple). In addition to playing mandolin, harmonica, and guitar on various tracks, she also sings harmony vocal. Ford James played bass and sang with Kate and Nina for years, including Kate’s show on Austin City Limits. Rick Byars played with Kate early on in her career: he’s on bass and harmony vocals on this album. These fine musicians were the backbone of Kate’s band during these Mendocino years.

Stretch Goals to Double The Album!

The $10,000 base goal reflects the costs for a 10-song album. Through a series of stretch goals, we have can double the album to 20 tracks. Each of the ten $1,000 stretch goals covers the additional costs for mastering, CD booklet pages, publishing royalties, performer fees, etc. for one song. We hope you’ll help us reach all ten stretch goals so we can release a music-packed 76-minute album!

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 the Mendocino “Groovy” Album T-Shirts
Designed by Kate’s granddaughter, Bonnie Kate Wolf, we think the “Live In Mendocino” album t-shirt is really, ahem, “groovy”. The image is 12” in diameter and incorporates the original LP label artwork from Owl Records, which Kate started in 1976. Our screening process dyes the fabric rather than placing a layer of plastic ink on top of the shirt fabric, for a much softer feel. The black, 100% cotton shirts are soft too, and will come in women’s and men’s sizes S, M, L, XL and 2X.
This design is now also available in a 3" vinyl sticker!

"Groovy" Album T-Shirt designed by Kate's granddaughter, Bonnie Kate Wolf
"Groovy" Album T-Shirt designed by Kate's granddaughter, Bonnie Kate Wolf

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 a download code to a friend.

The Survey
After the campaign closes, we'll send a survey requesting your shipping address, shirt sizes, and anything else applicable.

Add-Ons

Want an extra album, video, songbook, t-shirt or sticker for yourself or a friend? You can add these items by increasing your pledge by the amount(s) shown above. If you have already pledged and want to add items, simply select Manage your pledge and increase your pledge amount by the total of the items you wish to add.

Thank You & Please Share!

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

L to R: Max Wolf, Kate Wolf, Hannah Wolf, Nina Gerber, Kate Wolf
L to R: Max Wolf, Kate Wolf, Hannah Wolf, Nina Gerber, Kate Wolf

Photo credit: all photos are by Nicholas Wilson. Used by permission.
Please visit nwilsonphoto.com

Risks and challenges

Kate’s family has run two successful Kickstarter campaigns, thanks to Kate's fans around the world, and we’re feeling confident that we will deliver the new album on time. The songs are already mastered and we’ve collected all of the artwork. CD Baby is printing the album and fulfilling the orders, which will all be tracked.

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    "Live In Mendocino" Digital Download

    The new "Live In Mendocino" album on digital download (includes all stretch goal bonus tracks). The download code arrives on the back of a CD-sized sticker featuring the album cover.

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    "Live In Mendocino" CD

    The new "Live In Mendocino" album on compact disc (includes all stretch goal bonus tracks).

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    "Live In Mendocino" CD & Austin DVD

    The new "Live In Mendocino" album on compact disc (with all stretch goal bonus tracks), plus the "An Evening In Austin" DVD of Kate's full Austin City Limits show.

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    "Live In Mendocino" CD & Songbook

    The new "Live In Mendocino" album on compact disc (with all stretch goal bonus tracks), plus either the "Kate Wolf Songbook" (volume 1) or "Kate Wolf Revisited" (volume 2).

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    • Kate Wolf songbook (volume 1 or 2)
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    "Live In Mendocino" CD & "Groovy" Shirt

    The new "Live In Mendocino" album on compact disc (with all stretch goal bonus tracks) and a soft, 100% cotton, black shirt with a retro "groovy vinyl" design. Your choice of women’s and men’s sizes S, M, L, XL and 2X.

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    5 Kate Wolf Albums on CD and Download

    All five Owl Records albums on compact disc and digital download including "Live In Mendocino" (with all stretch goal bonus tracks and a limited edition 3" album cover magnet), "Back Roads", "Lines On The Paper", "Safe At Anchor", and "Carry It On". (Individually $102 on Kickstarter.)

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    • All 5 Owl Records Albums on Compact Disc
    • All 5 Owl Records Albums on Digital Download (with stickers!)
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    Everything Kate

    All five Owl Records albums on compact disc and digital download including "Live In Mendocino" (with all stretch goal bonus tracks and a limited edition 3" album cover magnet), "Back Roads", "Lines On The Paper", "Safe At Anchor", "Carry It On", a Kate Wolf sticker, both Kate Wolf songbooks, and Kate's "An Evening In Austin" DVD. (Individually $172 on Kickstarter.)

    Includes:
    • All 5 Owl Records Albums on Compact Disc
    • All 5 Owl Records Albums on Digital Download (with stickers!)
    • An Evening In Austin DVD
    • The Kate Wolf Songbook (volume 1)
    • Kate Wolf Revisited (songs volume 2)
    • Live In Mendocino 3" Album Cover Magnet
    • Kate Wolf 3" 'Running Wolves' Sticker
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