Kathy Mattea has been twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, and is an artist at ease both with country tradition and free-ranging innovation. In 1990, the West Virginia native won the first of her two Grammy Awards, earning the Best Female Country Vocal Performance award for her moving “Where’ve You Been,” co-written by husband Jon Vezner. She is among the most successful women in the genre’s history, yet her creative spirit has led her to explore musical territory extending well beyond its confines. Her recent recordings have intertwined Celtic, gospel, and bluegrass influences with the folk and acoustic music that have always served as her artistic anchor.
An early spokesperson and advocate for AIDS awareness and research, Kathy’s long history of activism has led her to bring public attention to several current environmental issues, including global warming and mining practices in her native Appalachia. Read more about Kathy Mattea and purchase her recordings at www.mattea.com.
Kathy Mattea is accompanied by Bill Cooley (guitar), Rick Blackwell (bass) and Jim Brock (percussion).