Interviews with Musicians & Writers About Rosalie Sorrels


Rosalie Sorrels has been a fixture in the music world since the 1950's. A grant from the Idaho Humanities Council in the fall of 2005 allowed IdahoPTV producer Marcia Franklin to travel outside the state to interview musicians and writers about the legacy of Idaho's most famous folk singer. These interviews were conducted in New York, California and Idaho in 2005 and 2006.


Pete Seeger is an icon of American folk music. Both a folk singer and a political activist, he was one of the leaders of the 'protest music' movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He first met Rosalie in the mid 1950s.

Nanci Griffith is a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter whom Rolling Stone hailed as "the Queen of Folkabilly." She used to tour with Rosalie.

Jean Ritchie is the folk singer who invited Rosalie to play at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival. They have been friends for more than 40 years.

Bruce "Utah" Phillips is a Grammy-nominated folk singer, storyteller, and poet. He recorded an album with Rosalie called The Long Memory.

Terry Garthwaite is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. Her recording career dates back to the late 1960s when she and Toni Brown formed the rock group Joy of Cooking.

Barbara Higbie is a longtime Windham Hill recording artist now recording for Slowbaby Records. She has worked with Rosalie on several of her albums and was one of the musicians at the concert at the Liberty Theater.

Roma Baran is a folk musician and Grammy-nominated music producer who has produced for many artists, including Rosalie. She also performed with her at the Liberty Theater.

Rocci Johnson is an Idaho musician and the organizer of The Divas of Boise. They accompanied Rosalie in the 2005 concert at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, Idaho.

Hal Cannon is the founding director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada. He has known Rosalie since the 1950's.

Gino Sky is a poet and author of the cult classic, Appaloosa Rising. He has known Rosalie for more than 40 years.

Reverend Billy, aka Bill Talen, is a performance artist who travels the country with the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir. He and Rosalie performed together in the Solo Mio Festival in San Francisco.