, who died of leukemia in 1986 at age 44, would surely have been pleased by this tribute album, which was put together by her guitarist and No. 1 fan, Nina Gerber
. Featuring 14 of Wolf's best songs, it includes strong performances by Lucinda Williams
, Emmylou Harris
, Nanci Griffith
, and other prominent artists as well as by some talented folks who've been in the shadows in recent years, such as Rosalie Sorrels
, U. Utah Philips, and Terry Garthwaite
. Interestingly, few of these artists ever actually knew Wolf; they were simply so touched by her music that they felt as if they'd known her. Listening to these warm yet unsentimental, deceptively simple-sounding tunes, it's not hard to hear why. Wolf sang about love and life in a way that made you feel you were being admitted to her private world -- and that you were very glad to be there.