LIVE: Kathy Mattea @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 2/1/14

February 10th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Kathy Mattea

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Country stars on the way down are much more interesting.

The list of performers who have found full artistic flower on the far side of topping the charts is intimidating. Johnny Cash’s run of American Recordings made him as much a punk icon as a face on Nashville’s Mount Rushmore. His daughter Rosanne closed the door on King’s Record Shop to open a window on her soul. Her ex-husband Rodney Crowell turned his attention from Billboard rankings to the chinaberry trees and attic fans of his youth, finding a new fanbase in the process. And the ever cantankerous and scarily hirsute Steve Earle decided that being a woolly Woody Guthrie was more fun than being a drug addict.

Add Kathy Mattea, to that list. Granted, Mattea as a character has never been as interesting as the suspects listed above, but she does share a late career renaissance. With 2008’s Coal and 2012’s Calling Me Home, Mattea found her West Virginia roots for the first time, turning deeper towards the bluegrass tinge she’d always possessed while unearthing deeply rooted songwriters like Si Kahn, Alice Gerrard and Jean Ritchie.

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Kathy Mattea, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

November 24th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

Kathy Mattea

This is the first of what we hope will be an exciting new series of first-person revelations that you’ll only find here at What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?:

“When I clean the house I tend to listen to something really up. I’ve been messing around with Rhapsody lately and making mix tapes of old Motown soul stuff.

But lately, I’ve also been listening to Darrell Scott’s new album, ‘A Crooked Road.’ He’s out on the road right now with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, and he’s finally getting some of the recognition he deserves. He’s one of Nashville’s best kept secrets as a singer and a songwriter and a player. He‘s just a monster. And Tim O’Brien has a new record (‘Chicken & Egg’), and the songwriting on it is really, really stellar.

So those two and some old Motown stuff. If I’m cleaning the house, that’s what keeps me moving.”

Collected by Bokonon

Kathy Mattea brings her new holiday concert tour “Songs and the Season,” to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Saturday. Tix are $35 and $55.

Kathy Mattea, What Was The First Album You Ever Bought?

May 1st, 2009, 4:25 pm by Greg


“Let’s see. I didn’t get a record player that would play albums until right before I went off to college. I think the first album I bought was a jazz record by Kenny Rankin, ‘Silver Morning.’ Before that, it was hand-me-down eight-track tapes from my brothers, including the Woodstock soundtrack and James Taylor. Eight tracks, yeah, baby. Oh God, it was awful. Of course, I also had some Beatles singles that I played on my tiny record player when I was a kid.”
Kenny Rankin: Silver Morning

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