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What Does It Mean to Love

Rosalie once again emerges triumphant with this album which she says "started out to be a children’s album, but [became] a conversation between an old woman... me... and a child... me." She combines the whimsy and lightheartedness of the best children’s music with the maturity and sea... more

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ABOUT ROSALIE SORRELS

Born in rural Idaho in the 1930s, vocalist/folklorist/author and two-time Grammy Nominee Rosalie Sorrels has been a pivotal figure in American Folk music throughout the last several decades. With 25 albums, three books, and innumerable awards to her name, Sorrels continues to promote the preservation of oral tradition into the 21st century.

As a young woman, Sorrels spent a decade as a folklorist in the 1950s, amassing a unique and encyclopedic comprehension of American folk music. In the 1960s, the mother of five set out on the road to begin her life as a full-time musician. Sorrels was featured at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, and her Salt Lake City and Boise homes were popular pit-stops many of the most famous figures in the Beat Generation, many of whom continued to collaborate with her throughout the following decades.

In 1993 and 1994, Sorrels recorded two albums for Green Linnet, The Lonesome Roving Wolves, and What Does It Mean to Love?. Greatly influenced by American folk/blues singer-songwriter and political activist, Malvina Reynolds, Sorrels recorded several of Reynolds’ songs on What Does It Mean to Love?. Sorrels has said that this album "started out to be a children’s album, but [became] a conversation between an old woman... me... and a child... me."

Sorrels was awarded the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award in 1999, and in 2000, the University of California at Santa Cruz set up the Rosalie Sorrels Archive within its Beat Generation Archive. Later in 2000, the University of Idaho honored Sorrels with a doctorate of Fine Arts, and In 2004, Sorrels released the Grammy-nominated live albumMy Last Go Round. 2008 brought the release of her second Grammy-nominated album, Strangers In Another Country a compilation of songs by Bruce “Utah” Phillips.

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