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Friday January 17, 2014

From The Hartford Courant

OnStage At Connecticut College Presents Kathy Mattea
By: Karen Laskey

Mattea has received numerous awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year, for songs like “Love at the Five and Dime,” “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” and “Where’ve You Been,” which earned her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

She has also been honored for her activism, from her early involvement with HIV/AIDS-related charities to her most recent focus on sustainability. Her commitment to these causes has made Mattea a popular speaker, and the day before her performance she will deliver a lecture titled “My Coal Journey,” which combines stories from her family’s ties to coal-mining culture with songs from her album “Coal.” The multimedia presentation centers on a discussion of environmental and social justice issues surrounding coal-mining methods in use today.

Robert Richter, director of arts programming at Connecticut College, said “One of the reasons the college wanted to bring in Kathy Mattea to perform and speak is our shared interest in sustainability issues. I heard her speak a few years ago and was blown away by her knowledge and her personality. She’s articulate and moving when she speaks of the need to fight global warming and unsustainable coal-mining methods.”

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