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Thursday March 23, 2017

From Omaha World-Herald

Singer Kathy Mattea brings her living room to the Holland Center
By: Betsie Freeman

Not long after singer Kathy Mattea took the stage at the Holland Center on Saturday night, the folding chairs started to feel like comfy couches.

The tables in the Scott Recital Hall seemed different, too, like the kind you’d put in your home to spark good conversations at family gatherings.

Mattea’s “Acoustic Living Room” tour was working its magic.

With her longtime guitar player, Bill Cooley, Mattea sang some old hits, some music she recently discovered and a few covers, showcasing good old Nashville songwriting for a sell-out crowd.

Along the way, she made a few hundred new friends with charming and sometimes self-effacing banter, turning the intimate venue into her surrogate home and making everyone feel like an honored guest.

Longtime fans were thrilled to hear some of their favorites: “Love at the Five and Dime,” released in 1986 and one of her first hits; “Going Gone”; “The Battle Hymn of Love”; and the poignant “Where’ve You Been.”

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