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Monday March 07, 2011

From The Kinston Free Press

Mattea’s ’18 Wheels’ Hit Town With Music And Crowd Magic

Kathy Mattea, one of country music’s most respected artists, whose music combines elements of folk, bluegrass and gospel, will roll her tour bus, production crew, musicians and personal vocal style into the New Bern Convention Center for a live Friday night concert.

She has charted 16 top hits, with four reaching No. 1: “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Goin’ Gone,” “Burnin’ Old Memories” and “Come from the Heart.” She has also won three Grammy Awards, including Best Female Country Performance and Best Country Song; four Country Music Awards, including two for Female Vocalist of the year; and four Academy of Country Music Awards, including Top Female Vocalist and Song of the Year.

Born and raised in Cross Lanes, W.Va., she attended West Virginia University but left in 1978 and moved to Nashville, Tenn. She worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame while doing backup vocals for Bobby Goldsboro and singing demos. In 1983, she signed with Mercury Records and her first album, the self-titled “Kathy Mattea,” was released in 1984.

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