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She was born in South Charleston, West Virginia because it had the nearest hospital to her parents' home in Cross Lanes, where she grew up, graduating from nearby Nitro High School. In 1976, while in college, she joined the bluegrass band Pennsboro, and two years later dropped out of school to move to Nashville. She worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame, did backup vocal work for Bobby Goldsboro , and sang demos for several Nashville… read more

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  • Avatar for Mullington
    A Far it.
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    I heard a new (old) song from her today... makes me want to listen to all of her stuff.
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    Thank you Kathy, you are a gift !
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    Not only does she have such a strong, straight from the heart voice, but man oh man.......she knows how to deliver HUH?
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    Feel free to check and join the [group]Country Artist of the Week[/group] group. Members vote for their favorite country artists to become the group's "Country Artist of the Week".
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    Wonderful singer,
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    Saw her at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in August (2008) playing a workshop with Jean Ritchie. I had the sense that it was an historic moment, since Mattea sings so many of Jean Ritchie's songs. Ritchie is probably in her 80s and isn't going to be touring and performing forever. Historic or not, it is an event that I won't soon forget, despite the 25+ Philly Folk Fests that I've attended. The cuts of her "Coal" album I've heard are outstanding. I've got to order the CD one of these days. soon. Kathy Mattea is an extraordinary performer & songwriter & I was thrilled to rediscover her at the Philly Folk Fest. — Scott, Philadelphia PA
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    Extraordinary. Wade in the Water is phenomenal -- unbelievable west coasting tune :)
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    new image from photoshoot for new album: COAL please vote for it! record drops on April 1, 2008 for more info visit

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