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Hope is a Howling Wolf

from Watershed by Cleopatra Degher

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“Hope Is a Howling Wolf” is the story of OR7, the first gray wolf in a century to return to California. The song ponders the problem of human sprawl and what that’s meant for wild things like the wolf: “Everything we touch sings a sad chorus.” But it’s ultimately a hopeful song, celebrating the famous wolf’s return, as he’s tracked by satellite across Northern California.


from Watershed, released November 9, 2019
Music: Cleopatra Degher
Lyrics: Darius Degher
Production: Darius Degher
Vocals & acoustic guitar: Cleopatra Degher
Electric guitar, bass, & drums: Darius Degher


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Cleopatra Degher Berkeley, California

When NPR’s David Dye introduced Cleopatra’s 2015 album Pacific on World Café Next, he joked that she “speaks fluent Californian.” This was a nod to her bicultural upbringing (Swedish and Californian) and also to the record’s echoes of classic California folk sounds. Pacific charted on college radio, and the Austin Chronicle called Cleo the “Emmylou Harris for a new generation of folk.” ... more

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