Kathy Mattea Digs Into Her WV Roots

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Monday January 14, 2013

From The Toledo Free Press

Country star Kathy Mattea shares coal heritage in song
By: Vicki L. Kroll

When Kathy Mattea started digging into her family’s West Virginia history, she unearthed a load of Appalachian mining songs.

‘When ‘Coal’ came out [in 2008], in order to do that album, I wound up exploring all this music that I grew up hearing, kind of in the background, but there was nobody to teach me about it when I was young,’ she said.

‘So it was like going back and picking up a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle, and it was so rich and so fun that I just wanted to keep going.’

Released last September, ‘Calling Me Home’ finds the singer again paying tribute to her roots with more mountain music.

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