Her new recording, ‘Coal,’ sees Grammy winner Kathy Mattea returning to her West Virginia roots to produce a mesmerizing collection of mining songs.
Mattea carries on the Appalachian tradition of the “songcatcher” with Coal. The album features traditional and contemporary songs, many of them by songwriters with Appalachian roots
“’Coal’ includes songs from the pens of activist Hazel Dickens, the late Kentucky legend Merle Travis, Utah Phillips, Darrell Scott and others. Marty Stuart produces and Patty Loveless sings on one cut. Good stuff.” – CMT.com
“Kathy Mattea’s voice is that much more compelling when left out in the open. All it took were songs about ravages, human taxes and a place that she knew from birth to set it free.” – Harp