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Friday October 12, 2018

From NPR

Kathy Mattea On Mountain Stage
By: Adam Harris

In front of a home state crowd gathered for the Augusta Heritage Festival and Workshops in Elkins, W.V., Kathy Mattea unveils songs from her latest release, Pretty Bird.

Mattea made her first of many appearances on Mountain Stage in 1985, after leaving West Virginia for Nashville, where she had signed her first record deal. She’d go on to win two Grammys and two CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards, charting “more top 10 hits than there are slots in a top 10 list,” as guest-host Bil Lepp described in his introduction.

Mattea’s latest, Pretty Bird, is her first new record in six years, produced by fellow-West Virginian Tim O’Brien. The collection finds the revered singer putting her touch on songs by some of her favorite songwriters and most influential artists, while mastering her newfound vocal range.

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