Rosalie Sorrels: Way Out in Idaho

Rosalie singing

"I'm an actress. I'm a troubadour. I take the news from place to place. I do it with music, I do it with poetry and stories and I try to connect. I think we need to be connected and that's my mission. That's what I think I am. I'm a connector." (View more of the interview)

With a sound that "cuts like a knife and purrs like a kitten," Rosalie Sorrels has become one of folk music's most enduring entertainers. Her repertoire spans more than 20 albums, including the 2004 Grammy-nominated My Last Go-Round. Both a singer and a storyteller, Rosalie's intimate style has helped revitalize American folk music.

But labels don't begin to capture her range and versatility. Indeed, Rolling Stone magazine wrote that "Rosalie Sorrels, who must know a million songs, can sing each one as if it's her life story." And Folk Roots magazine called her "an authentic living legend."

"Rosalie Sorrels: Way Out in Idaho" is a 90 minute television program that features a concert performance videotaped in 2005 at Bruce Willis' renovated Liberty Theatre in Hailey, Idaho, near Sun Valley. IdahoPTV's award-winning Production team captured the event, using seven digital cameras and a state-of-the-art sound system. Also included in the program are interviews with musical legends Pete Seeger, Nanci Griffith, Jean Ritchie, Terry Garthwaite, Utah Phillips and others.

Idaho native Rosalie Sorrels began her career as a musician in the 1960's, traveling the country as a folksinger and storyteller, often times with her five children in tow. She has received numerous awards, including the Kate Wolf Award, from the World Folk Music Association. She now lives in her father's cabin, in the mountains outside Boise.

"Rosalie Sorrels is as far from the misty-eyed 'folkie' stereotype as good bourbon whiskey is from pink lemonade." Chicago Reader

Watch the show online.

Partial Funding provided by The Idaho Humanities Council.