Why Does This
Here In California
With Nina Gerber and Rick Byars
Kate's family was delighted to find a master to a show Kate recorded on May 16, 1980. Coming in the middle of her career, this performance shows Kate firmly established as a popular singer/songwriter, but before her audience expanded from local to national. She had just signed with, and released her first album on, Kaleidoscope Records after producing two albums for her own Owl Records label. Here In California features seven songs from those initial three albums. All were written by Kate except The Redtail Hawk, with which she closed virtually all of her performances. (This is also the only song that appears on our other video, An Evening In Austin.)
Kate is accompanied by Nina Gerber on lead guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. Nina played with Kate for most of her career, and continues to be involved in Kate's music today. On bass and harmony vocals is Rick Byars, who performed with Kate early in her career. This video is also a rare chance to see Kate playing piano (as well as guitar), often logistically difficult in concerts.
Those of you who haven't seen An Evening In Austin are in for a treat: we've included the entire performance of Like A River at the end of the video. This excerpt from the 1985 concert video shows how much Kate and also Nina Gerber developed in five years. While Here In California doesn't have the glossy PBS production values of An Evening In Austin, we think you'll enjoy watching Kate perform at an important crossroads in her career.
All songs written by Kate Wolf and published by Another Sundown Publishing Co. (BMI) except The Redtail Hawk.
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