Personalities | Kathy Mattea | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1959)

Kathy Mattea joined bluegrass band Pennsboro as a student, before moving to Nashville. After working in Bobby Goldsboro’s road show, she signed with Mercury in 1983. Her first two albums were only modest successes, but Walk The Way The Wind Blows (1986) included her first Top 3 single – a cover of Nanci Griffith’s ‘Love At The Five And Dime’. Her folksy style came to the fore on Untasted Honey (1987), which included her career song, ‘Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses’. CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year in 1989 and 1990, Mattea has done much to expand country music’s parameters.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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