Kathy Mattea [SOLD OUT]
October 18 @ 7:30 pm$30.00
After an overwhelming response when tickets went on sale online and at the Opera House at 10 a.m. on September 9, this concert is now SOLD OUT.
Join us for a special concert with Grammy award winner and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee, Kathy Mattea!
Singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea is one of today’s most honored Americana artists, with two Grammy wins, four Country Music Association Awards, four top country singles, and five gold albums to her credit. Best known for the enduring country hit, “Eighteen Wheels and Dozen Roses,” Mattea draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots, presenting a mix of folk, bluegrass, Celtic, pop and country music in a warm, heartfelt performance.
Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of. The dream almost ended, though, when Mattea entered her 50s and began to find her voice changing. What followed was a three year journey through life challenges and vocal glitches that she describes as her “dark night of the soul,” a trying time of personal anguish and professional uncertainty that threatened to silence her permanently.
“The hardest thing was facing the question of whether I would still be able to sing well enough to enjoy it. That was the acid test for me, and I had to be willing to walk through a process that bumped me up against the very real possibility that, in the end, the answer might be “No.”
Instead, Mattea dug in with a vocal coach, re-committed to her music, and emerged with the most poignant album of her career, “Pretty Bird.” Working with her old friend, music roots wizard Tim O’Brien, producing, “Pretty Bird” is a chronicle of her journey, song by song, back to singing for the sheer joy of it. It’s an emotional, moving collection, one that draws its strength not only from Mattea’s touching performances, but also from her uncanny ability to weave seemingly disparate material into a cohesive whole. From a playful take on Oliver Wood’s “Chocolate On My Tongue” to a tender rendition of Mary Gauthier’s “Mercy Now,” from a British traditional to a Bobbie Gentry classic, these are the songs that helped Mattea reclaim her voice, and she inhabits each as fully as if it were her own.
Exquisitely arranged and delivered with the kind of subtlety and nuance that can only come from a lifetime of heartbreak and triumph, ‘Pretty Bird’ is a title Kathy Mattea inhabits quite literally, and it’s a welcome reintroduction to one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures.
Special thanks to The Tomato Fund, cultivating fresh ideas in the arts, the humanities and the environment, for making this concert possible.
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