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Monday July 02, 2012

From The Boot

Kathy Mattea, ‘Calling Me Home’ Album Due Sept. 11
By: Stephen L. Betts

Kathy Mattea, whose 2008 album of Appalachian mining songs, Coal, earned a Grammy nomination and topped the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart, will release the follow-up to that collection on Sept. 11, 2012. Calling Me Home, on Sugar Hill Records, is described by the label as delving even deeper into the Appalachian heritage of the West Virginia-born singer. It marks her 16th studio album, including two holiday-themed projects.

Co-produced by the singer with Gary Paczosa, who has worked with Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Joey + Rory, and Dolly Parton, to name a few, Calling Me Home features liner notes penned by bestselling Kentucky-born author Barbara Kingsolver.

Because she’s scored four No. 1 country singles and has CMA Female Vocalist and Grammy honors to her credit, the move to a more traditional folk sound was a something of a creative risk for Kathy, but having gone through the process, first with Coal and now the new album, the gamble was worth it.

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