Marvels Childs: "Katie Lee speaks for the canyons and the sweet desert recesses. She is our foul-mouthed, lightning-eyed, boot-stomping balladeer, a character Louis L'Amour never could have invented. Born from the rock itself, she is a lifetime of experience on this wild, restless, cradling ground. If you want to know this [Western] place, you need to know Katie."
Another fantastic snapshot of Lee, now 95, is the photo below, which is being used to publicize this weekend's film. Kickass Katie Lee was made by the Telluride husband-and-wife team of Beth and George Gage. Typically, the pair make feature-length films, starting with Fire on the Mountain, which premiered at the Mountainfilm event back in 1995.
For the purposes of this blog item, one final lively way to get a sense of Lee's indomitable spirit is to savor a web-exclusive(!) essay she penned last fall for the High Country News. The piece involves a friend named Slim Williams and a Hopi artifact.
[Kickass Katie Lee]