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Recently, Kathy Mattea Performed a Virtual Concert for her fans!
To see Kathy's Virtual Concert Video, Please go to Kathy Mattea's Facebook page and find the video, click here!
Kathy also issued a challenge to everyone on her Facebook page, to sing along to her classic hit, 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses, and then record it on their cell phones and then send it into her.
She said, "The idea was that we would compile it together and create a "virtual singalong" and post it, so that everyone could experience singing together. We had over 80 people participate, and it's amazing". Kathy, with the help of her husband, Jon Vezner, made a video of the audio recordings and pictures her fans sent in, and this is the result.
Kathy said, "Hearing all of you, seeing all of you, and hearing your voices in my house for the last few days has been a joy much bigger than I expected. It's moments like this that we get to learn, all over again, what music is really for.
Thank you all, thanks for throwing caution to the wind and singing into your phones, and letting us HEAR you, and letting us CELEBRATE our musical connection!!! And a very special thanks to my boyfriend/engineer/husband, Jon Vezner.
A couple of notes.... Be sure and listen all the way to the end. And there's a list of everyone who participated after the video is over.
I am feeling so much love and overflowing joy tonight. Thank you, dear friends. Many times during the last couple days, I knew the face and name that went with the voice as it rang out through the house....such a great feeling.
So, here goes!"
To see the Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses Virtual Sing-Along video, please go to Kathy Mattea's Facebook page and find the video, click here!
CMA Award-winning vocalist Kathy Mattea's newest release is titled Pretty Bird. A sublime acoustic collection including a number of smartly chosen and heartfelt covers, the record marks something of a new era in Mattea's 30-plus-year career. Over the past several years her deep, rich singing voice has experienced significant changes that could have put a permanent end to her performing, but after extensive vocal training she has emerged from what she refers to as her "dark night of the soul" with a duskier instrument. That newly trained but still memorable voice, which gave country fans such hits as "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" and "Love at the Five and Dime," is at the very heart of one of the year's most affecting LPs.
"This album has led me, slowly and unexpectedly, into new nooks and crannies of singing," Mattea tells Rolling Stone Country. "Songs showed up in random ways... and became part of our musical landscape during regular Thursday jam sessions in my living room. It's a very eclectic collection, and for me, each song has a very specific reason for being here, showing me some new point of view about singing along the way."
One of country music's most successful artists of the past several decades, Mattea, a two-time Grammy winner, has always approached her material, even the most mainstream country, with an eclecticism and sense of deeper meaning. Those elements are vibrantly evident on "I Can't Stand Up Alone," the first track to premiere from the upcoming collection, which was produced by Mattea's longtime friend and frequent collaborator Tim O'Brien. Written by country-gospel legend Martha Carson in the Fifties, Mattea's soulful version is a sparkling mélange of those genres, with touches of blues and Appalachian mountain music. The uplifting tune serves as a fitting tribute to singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, who died in 2014, and whose version inspired this one.
"I've always loved version of this song," Mattea says. "I saw him at Nashville's old Exit/In when I was about 20 years old, and I remember him singing it that night. When he died, I was watching YouTube videos of him out on the road, and remembered this. We kept trying to find a way to make it work for us in our live show, and Bill Cooley came up with this cool guitar lick as a backdrop. He was thinking of a kind of Little Feat funky soul style, but by the time we finished it in the studio with Tim, it had gone full tilt Jug Band. I love it, and have had so much fun singing it live – especially when I can have a bunch of backup singers!"
Mattea's always impeccable taste for fellow artists and writers is once again evident on Pretty Bird, with the sorrowful title cut coming from iconic bluegrass singer-songwriter Hazel Dickens. Performed a cappella, the LP's closing track is a tender nod to the singer's West Virginia roots. Other notable cuts on the new record include the Wood Brothers' "Chocolate on My Tongue," an unadorned but effective version of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," a buoyant, spiritual take on Joan Osborne's "St. Teresa," the hopeful "This Love Will Carry," featuring harmony vocals by the song's writer, Scottish folk musician Dougie MacLean, and "Holy Now," written by Peter Mayer.
For more on Kathy Mattea, go to her website: https://www.mattea.com/
Thanks For The Music Kathy!
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