Kathy Mattea Inducted into WV Music Hall of Fame

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Wednesday October 13, 2010

From The Charleston Daily Mail

Hall of Fame inducts seven musicians

The latest inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame are seven musicians who have made lasting contributions to American music, including Kanawha County’s own Kathy Mattea.

The inductees were announced Tuesday; the formal ceremony will take place Friday at the state Culture Center.

This year’s inductees include:

Kathy Mattea of Cross Lanes. Perhaps the most respected and revered musician to come from West Virginia, Mattea also is known for giving generously back to her home state. In the mid- to late 1980s, she was a successful hit maker who brought elements of folk, bluegrass, gospel, and singer/songwriter intimacy to her music. Her 1989 album, “Willow in the Wind,” became her first gold record and included No. 1 hits “Burnin’ Old Memories” and “Come From the Heart.” In addition, her song “Where’ve You Been,” which Mattea co-wrote with her husband, Jon Vezner, won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal.

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