Tribute to Rosalie Sorrels

$12,150 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 177 people in 24 months
Kathe Alters
on behalf of Rocci Johnson
 BOISE, ID
We are so proud that our "Tribute to the Travelin' Lady: Rosalie Sorrels" is finished!  The 4-CD set contains 44 tunes recorded by well-known national and Idaho artists; most songs are renditions of Rosalie's original songs and a few are written for Rosalie and dedicated to her for the Tribute.

Our Rosalie has passed on, but we are proud that her music -and her legacy- will live on.  During production and recording for our Tribute, Rosalie listened and sang along to every recording that appears on our Tribute, and treasured every song.

The beautiful artwork by renowned Idaho artist Ward Hooper, along with the amazing, intricate graphics by designer Jim Hadley accompanying this vast array of works will assure that our Tribute to the Travelin’ Lady will be elegantly worthy of the finest musical collections.

Many, many thanks to those of you who have made a gift to the project.  If you haven't yet donated, you can give at any level and we will be most grateful.  

But donate $50 or more, and you essentially "order" a copy of the Tribute.  You will receive a thank you and a request for your mailing address so that we can send the CD set to you.  

And if you can spare a little more, that will help pay some of the bills for the project.

It is our most fervent wish is that our Tribute will give honor to the life and legacy of the Travelin’ Lady, and will assure her treasured songs and stories will reach you, her friends, family and fans, along with an even greater audience for years to come.

With Much Love,
Rocci & Team Rosalie

New York Times 

NBC Sunday TODAY

Idaho Statesman

Post Register

Idaho Public Television

Boise State Public Radio

 About the Tribute:
Featured artists include Loudon Wainwright III, Tom Russell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Peter Rowan, Guy Clark, Terry Garthwaite, Nina Gerber, Robin and Linda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Barbara Higbie, Muzzie Braun, Laurie Lewis, Eilen Jewell, John Nemeth, Pinto Bennett, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, Jimmy LaFave, Bill Coffey, Ben Burdick and Amy Rose, Belinda Bowler, John Gorka, Emily Braden, Steve Fulton, and many more -- among them, eight Grammy winners and nine Grammy nominees.

About Rosalie:
Rosalie Sorrels was one of the most notable and vibrant voices in American folk music for over 50 years. Folk singer and storyteller Gamble Rogers referred to her as “the hillbilly Edith Piaf,” and the Boston Globe called her “one of America’s genuine folk treasures.”

Rosalie was born in Idaho and lived many years 30 miles outside Boise in the cabin her father built. She began her career as a folklorist in the 1950s at the University of Utah and accumulated an encyclopedic knowledge of music that includes English ballads, Mormon songs, and the work of contemporary songwriters. Her interpretation of these songs and stories, along with her own impressive body of original work, helped create and preserve the oral folk tradition.

 Always an independent spirit, Rosalie left her husband in Utah in the mid 1960s and went on the road with her five children to begin a career as a musician. Her appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966 was a decisive turning point in her life. Her homes in Salt Lake City and Boise were sources of food, shelter and friendship for any creative person who came through town. Oscar Zeta Acosta, Hunter Thompson and Studs Terkel wrote liner notes for her albums. Robert Creeley wrote a poem about her. Noted composer and filmmaker David Amram played French horn and flute on one of her early albums. Terkel included her in his books American Dreams Lost and Found and May the Circle Be Unbroken. The late great folk icon Bruce “Utah” Phillips was her close friend for over 55 years and collaborated with her on many projects, including The Long Memory, an album of union songs and stories of the working class.

In recognition of her role as a creator of and collaborator in the American culture of the second half of the twentieth century, the University of California at Santa Cruz established a Rosalie Sorrels Archive as part of its Beat Generation Archives. She received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1986, the University of Idaho awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree in 2000, and the next year The Boise Peace Quilt Project presented her with a peace quilt and added her name to the distinguished list of workers for peace and justice to whom it had presented quilts.

Despite a bout with cancer and a cerebral aneurysm that nearly killed her, Rosalie recorded 24 albums and wrote three books. Way Out in Idaho, published in honor of the Idaho centenary, was a monumental collection of songs, stories, pictures and recipes gathered during the three years she traveled her home state and listened to its people. Her 2004 album My Last Go Round was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. This musical journey through her career featured such friends as Jean Ritchie, Christine Lavin and Loudon Wainwright III.

Although the self-described “travelin’ lady” officially retired from touring, she returned to the studio in 2007 to make an album to benefit her friend Utah Phillips. Phillips died in May 2008, but his songs were given a new life on the Grammy-nominated Strangers in Another Country: The Songs of Bruce “Utah” Phillips. Known as one of Phillips’ foremost interpreters, Rosalie remembered songs even he had forgotten.

“Rosalie Sorrels, who must know a million songs, can sing each one as if it's her life story.” — ROLLING STONE

-by David Proctor, with excerpts from Red House Records



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We have some exciting news! As of Tuesday, August 22, 2017, our "Tribute to the Travelin' Lady: Rosalie Sorrels" is finished! The 4-CD set contains 44 tunes recorded by well-known national and Idaho artists; most songs are renditions of Rosalie's original songs and a few are written for Rosalie and dedicated to her for the Tribute.

Our Rosalie has passed on, but we are proud that her music -and her legacy- will live on. During production and recording for our Tribute, Rosalie listened and sang along to every recording that appears on our Tribute, and treasured every song.

The beautiful artwork by renowned Idaho artist Ward Hooper, along with the amazing, intricate graphics by designer Jim Hadley accompanying this vast array of works will assure that our Tribute to the Travelin’ Lady will be elegantly worthy of the finest musical collections.

Many, many thanks to those of you who have made a gift to the project. If you've donated $50 or more, you should have received an email asking how you would like the CD set delivered to you.

If you haven't yet donated, you can give at any level and we will be most grateful. But donate $50 or more, and you essentially "order" a copy of the Tribute.

And if you can spare a little more, that will help pay some of the bills for the project.

If you are in or near Boise, come join us for two fabulous CD release & celebration concerts! September 7 at The Record Exchange ( http://therecordexchange.com) and September 8 at the Egyptian Theater ( http://egyptiantheatre.net)

It is our most fervent wish is that our Tribute will give honor to the life and legacy of the Travelin’ Lady, and will assure her treasured songs and stories will reach you, her friends, family and fans, along with an even greater audience for years to come.

With Much Love,
Rocci & Team Rosalie

New York Times

NBC Sunday TODAY

Idaho Statesman

Post Register

Idaho Public Television

Boise State Public Radio

About the Tribute:
Featured artists include Loudon Wainwright III, Tom Russell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Peter Rowan, Guy Clark, Terry Garthwaite, Nina Gerber, Robin and Linda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Barbara Higbie, Muzzie Braun, Laurie Lewis, Eilen Jewell, John Nemeth, Pinto Bennett, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, Jimmy LaFave, Bill Coffey, Ben Burdick and Amy Rose, Belinda Bowler, John Gorka, Emily Braden, Steve Fulton, and many more -- among them, eight Grammy winners and nine Grammy nominees.

About Rosalie:
Rosalie Sorrels was one of the most notable and vibrant voices in American folk music for over 50 years. Folk singer and storyteller Gamble Rogers referred to her as “the hillbilly Edith Piaf,” and the Boston Globe called her “one of America’s genuine folk treasures.”

Rosalie was born in Idaho and lived many years 30 miles outside Boise in the cabin her father built. She began her career as a folklorist in the 1950s at the University of Utah and accumulated an encyclopedic knowledge of music that includes English ballads, Mormon songs, and the work of contemporary songwriters. Her interpretation of these songs and stories, along with her own impressive body of original work, helped create and preserve the oral folk tradition.

Always an independent spirit, Rosalie left her husband in Utah in the mid 1960s and went on the road with her five children to begin a career as a musician. Her appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966 was a decisive turning point in her life. Her homes in Salt Lake City and Boise were sources of food, shelter and friendship for any creative person who came through town. Oscar Zeta Acosta, Hunter Thompson and Studs Terkel wrote liner notes for her albums. Robert Creeley wrote a poem about her. Noted composer and filmmaker David Amram played French horn and flute on one of her early albums. Terkel included her in his books American Dreams Lost and Found and May the Circle Be Unbroken. The late great folk icon Bruce “Utah” Phillips was her close friend for over 55 years and collaborated with her on many projects, including The Long Memory, an album of union songs and stories of the working class.

In recognition of her role as a creator of and collaborator in the American culture of the second half of the twentieth century, the University of California at Santa Cruz established a Rosalie Sorrels Archive as part of its Beat Generation Archives. She received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1986, the University of Idaho awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree in 2000, and the next year The Boise Peace Quilt Project presented her with a peace quilt and added her name to the distinguished list of workers for peace and justice to whom it had presented quilts.

Despite a bout with cancer and a cerebral aneurysm that nearly killed her, Rosalie recorded 24 albums and wrote three books. Way Out in Idaho, published in honor of the Idaho centenary, was a monumental collection of songs, stories, pictures and recipes gathered during the three years she traveled her home state and listened to its people. Her 2004 album My Last Go Round was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. This musical journey through her career featured such friends as Jean Ritchie, Christine Lavin and Loudon Wainwright III.

Although the self-described “travelin’ lady” officially retired from touring, she returned to the studio in 2007 to make an album to benefit her friend Utah Phillips. Phillips died in May 2008, but his songs were given a new life on the Grammy-nominated Strangers in Another Country: The Songs of Bruce “Utah” Phillips. Known as one of Phillips’ foremost interpreters, Rosalie remembered songs even he had forgotten.

“Rosalie Sorrels, who must know a million songs, can sing each one as if it's her life story.” — ROLLING STONE

-by David Proctor, with excerpts from Red House Records



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Friends, I'm a member of Team Rosalie and want to add my thanks to those of Rocci's. Many, many of you who have donated to our Tribute project have already responded with your addresses and how you'd like to receive the Tribute to Rosalie Sorrels CD-set or asked how you can add to your donation to qualify for it.

You've also asked how you can help further. Of course, additional donations will help with the costs of creating this small label, labor-intensive work of love and joy. You can donate through our GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/Rosaliesorrels or you can write a check.

But we know that many of you have been generous already and may have reached your financial limit.

There is another way you can help.

If you know of an independent music store in your community, please reach out to them and encourage them to carry the CD set. In our community of Boise, The Record Exchange plans to sell it and has been a wonderful partner in this project throughout. Our CD is being distributed by ThinkIndie, a coalition of independent music stores. Stop into your neighborhood shop, ask if they've seen the news about "Tribute to the Travelin' Lady: Rosalie Sorrels" and strongly encourage them to order copies to sell. And tell your friends around the country to do the same.

Our project will receive 50% of the retail cost. This is huge and will help spread the words, music and legacy of our wonderful, dearly-departed friend, Rosalie Sorrels.

Again, thank you for your love and support.

Warmly,
Kathe, for Friends & Family of Rosalie
"Tribute to the Travelin' Lady" Box Set
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Hi, Friends, I'm a member of Team Rosalie and want to say "Thank you!"

Many, many of you who have donated have already responded with your addresses and how you'd like to receive the Tribute to Rosalie Sorrels CD-set or asked how you can add to your donation to qualify for it.

You've also asked how you can help further. Of course, additional donations will help with the costs of creating this small label, labor-intensive work of love and joy. You can donate through GoFundMe or you can write a check.

But we know that many of you have been generous already and may have reached your financial limit.

There is another way you can help.

If you know of an independent music store in your community, please reach out to them and encourage them to carry the CD set. In our community of Boise, The Record Exchange plans to sell it and has been a wonderful partner in this project throughout. Our CD is being distributed by ThinkIndie, a coalition of independent music stores. Stop into your neighborhood shop, ask if they've seen the news about "Tribute to the Travelin' Lady: Rosalie Sorrels" and strongly encourage them to order copies to sell. And tell your friends around the country to do the same.

Our project will receive 50% of the retail cost for each one ordered. This is huge and will help spread the words, music and legacy of our wonderful, dearly-departed friend, Rosalie Sorrels.

Again, thank you for your love and support.

Warmly,
Kathe, on behalf of Friends & Family of Rosalie
"Tribute to the Travelin' Lady" Box Set
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We have very good news! After many years of hard work and dedication, we are proud to tell you that the CD box set, "Tribute to the Travelin' Lady: Rosalie Sorrels" is complete and being shipped to our distribution centers this week. In addition, we have scheduled two performances in Boise to celebrate the CD release -- September 7 at The Record Exchange and September 8 at the Eqyptian Theater. More on that soon.

Thank you for your contribution our fundraising campaign. If you have donated a total of $50 or more, you qualify for the beautiful and touching 4-CD box set. In order to get this to you, we have four options -- mail, pick up at either concert, pick up at The Record Exchange, or donate the CD back to the project for resale.

Please write us back right away with your preference -- feel free to copy & paste one of the responses in your reply along with your mailing address. If you're not sure if you've given enough to qualify for the CD, just ask.

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I PREFER RECEIVING THE 4-CD BOX SET "TRIBUTE" THIS WAY:

1. Mail it to me. BE SURE TO SEND US YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS WHEN YOU REPLY.

2. I will pick it up at one of the concerts in September. WE WILL SEND YOU A CERTIFICATE TO REDEEM.

3. I will pick it up at The Record Exchange. AGAIN, WE WILL SEND YOU A CERTIFICATE TO REDEEM.

4. Alas, I cannot use the CD set and would like to donate it back to the Tribute Project for resale. WE THANK YOU.

The CD set will also be available to purchase at the Record Exchange in Boise and at other independent music stores around the country. And before too long, we will have a digital download link, where you can purchase the entire CD to download. Check out our new website, http://rosaliesorrelstribute.com, for updates. The site is new and still being tweaked.

Thank you so much for all your love, support and patience!

Warmly,
Friends & Family of Rosalie

P.S. Each campaign is different, and even if you shared your mailing address before, please send it again so that we have the most up-to-date info. We promise that your information will NEVER be shared or sold. You are now a bona fide member of "Friends & Family of Rosalie" and we will never betray that trust!
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Larry Oberg
14 months ago
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Rosalie and I were in high school in Boise together, although we didn't know each other. My mother knew her mother, Nancy Stringfellow, however. I discovered Rosalie's songs some 30 years later and have been a devoted fan ever since. In 2000, I immigrated to Canada because I saw what was beginning to happen in the States. Now, when I feel sad about what my former country is becoming, I listen to Rosalie sing... and I feel better.

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Susan Baker
14 months ago
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I have been a fan of Rosalie's since I first heard her on KSL radio on the afternoons in the 60's. Loved her stories and her music. I will contribute after Christmas. Can Idaho historical society, libraries, etc help with this project? I was at a Rocci Johnson concert on the grove with my young grandson many years ago. He was hiding from Rocci as she was trying to hug him and wanted no part of that. Such history, and such a legacy she has put together for us.

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Susan Forbes Hansen
22 months ago
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How is it that the number of contributors posted has not changed from 20 for a good month or so? Surely more have been involved?

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Susan Forbes Hansen
6 months ago

Where do we reply with our mailing address? I'm not seeing it. Thanks.

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Rosalie and I were in high school in Boise together, although we didn't know each other. My mother knew her mother, Nancy Stringfellow, however. I discovered Rosalie's songs some 30 years later and have been a devoted fan ever since. In 2000, I immigrated to Canada because I saw what was beginning to happen in the States. Now, when I feel sad about what my former country is becoming, I listen to Rosalie sing... and I feel better.

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Susan Baker
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I have been a fan of Rosalie's since I first heard her on KSL radio on the afternoons in the 60's. Loved her stories and her music. I will contribute after Christmas. Can Idaho historical society, libraries, etc help with this project? I was at a Rocci Johnson concert on the grove with my young grandson many years ago. He was hiding from Rocci as she was trying to hug him and wanted no part of that. Such history, and such a legacy she has put together for us.

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Susan Forbes Hansen
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How is it that the number of contributors posted has not changed from 20 for a good month or so? Surely more have been involved?

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