Friday March 16, 2012
From The Baton Rouge Advocate
Mattea: New album ‘love letter to Appalachia’
By: John Wirt
West Virginia native Kathy Mattea, whose country hits include “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses” and “Where’ve You Been,” continues the journey she began with her 2008 album, Coal.
The 2006 mine disaster in Sago, W.Va., which killed 12 miners, inspired Coal, a collection of mining and Appalachia-themed music. That album’s songs include “The Coming of the Roads,” “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore,” “Coal Tattoo,” “Green Rolling Hills,” “Red-Winged Black Bird” and the singer’s a cappella rendition of “Black Lung.”
Mattea grew up in the small community of Cross Lanes near Charleston, 15 minutes from the coal camp where her mother grew up. The singer’s father grew up in coal camp, too, her grandfathers were miners and her mother worked for the United Mine Workers of America.
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