Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea - Sunday Breakfast - 2013

by John Platt

One of country music's biggest stars in the 80's and 90's, Kathy Mattea returned to her Appalachian roots 3 years ago to record an album called "Coal." It changed her life. She's back with a sequel, "Calling Me Home," lending her beautiful voice to songs by Jean Ritchie, Hazel Dickens, and others. Kathy joined me in Studio A for a warm conversation and a performance of 4 songs from the album.

Kathy Mattea - Words and Music - 2008

by John Platt
Kathy Mattea and band with John Platt
Although she made her name in Nashville, Kathy Mattea's roots are planted in the mountains and coal mining territory of West Virginia. So she decided to explore the rich musical history of mining on her new album 'Coal,' and brought a stellar band to Studio-A to perform a few tunes and talk with John Platt about the shift in sound and subject matter.