KATHY MATTEA UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 2019 INCLUDING CELTIC CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL

26/10/2018

New album PRETTY BIRD out now

via Captain Potato/Thirty Tigers


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.” - Rolling Stone

 

“This album is audiophile beautiful”  - 4 stars, RNR Magazine

 

Kathy Mattea released PRETTY BIRD, her first new studio album in six years, in October 2018 and has now announced tour dates for January 2019, in what will be a welcome return to the UK after an 11-year break.

 

Jan 23    GLASGOW Mitchell Theatre *part of Celtic Connections

Jan 25    DUBLIN Tradfest

Jan 27    SHEFFIELD Memorial Hall

Jan 29    MILTON KEYNES The Stables

Jan 30    LONDON Kings Place

Support on all shows (except Dublin) will be highly rated Scottish singer-songwriter Roseanne Reid.

 

PRETTY BIRD follows 2012’s acclaimed FOLLOW ME HOME. Watch the lyric video for ‘I Can’t Stand Up Alone’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=gG12SDQxSNc and ‘St Teresa’ here: https://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/song-premiere-kathy-mattea-st.-teresa/

 

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: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits). 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.

 

Mattea persevered, and has emerged with the moist poignant album of her career. Recorded over the course of a year with roots music wizard Tim O’Brien at the helm, the album opens with a playful take on Oliver Wood’s sultry “Chocolate On My Tongue” before moving seamlessly into a soulful rendition of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe.” The Mary Gauthier-penned “Mercy Now” finds Mattea offering up a tender prayer for understanding in these troubled times, while Joan Osborne’s “St. Teresa” takes on new life in light of the ravages that addiction has wrought on the singer’s home state.

 

The arrangements on the album are earthy and organic, but its most affecting moments arrive in stripped- down songs like the British traditional “He Moves Through The Fair” and the arresting title track, a Hazel Dickens tune that boldly closes the record with Mattea’s rich, a cappella voice.

 

Hailing from West Virginia, Mattea headed to Nashville in the late ‘70s. Her commercial breakthrough arrived with albums WALK THE WAY THE WIND BLOWS and UNTASTED HONEY. Mattea was named Country Music Association (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and earned a 1983 Grammy Award for her album GOOD NEWS. Her list of hit singles includes “Love at the Five and Dime”, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, and “Where’ve You Been”.


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