PREVIEW: Kathy Mattea Mining Musical Gold

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Tuesday March 15, 2011

From The Fairfax Times

Mining Musical Gold
By: Keith Loria

Grammy winner Kathy Mattea has been a fixture on country charts for 25 years, but it’s her ability to seep into bluegrass, gospel and folk, combined with a bit of social activism thrown in, that has kept her thriving.

Born in West Virginia, Mattea became interested in music at Girl Scouts camp, and always thought about pursuing a career as a singer and songwriter. She was distracted from her dream when she attended West Virginia University and studied science to get what her parents called “a real degree.”

But in 1978, a 19-year-old Mattea decided to put her education on hold, follow her dreams and moved to Nashville, Tenn. with a friend to etch out a musical career.

“I knew if I didn’t go then, I would never go,” said Mattea, who’ll be performing Tuesday and March 23 at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna. “I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life wondering ‘What if?’ “

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