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Calling Me Home

Kathy MatteaAudio CD
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Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. She didn’t play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits—16 of them reaching the top ten—and she’s not about to start now.

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill [Country]
  • ASIN: B008JFQU3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. She didn t play it safe while
she charted mainstream country hits 16 of them reaching the top ten and she s not about to start now.
Four years ago, Mattea, one of the most sure-footed country-pop song interpreters of her generation, caught everyone off guard
with an album of old-timey Appalachian mining songs called Coal. She s delved even deeper into her Appalachian heritage with
Calling Me Home, available from Sugar Hill. Co-produced with modern acoustic mastermind Gary
Paczosa and featuring liner notes from bestselling author, and Kentucky-born kindred spirit, Barbara Kingsolver.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mattea does it again September 11, 2012
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Kathy Mattea's latest effort just may be her best yet. A superb collection of songs that celebrate the rich history of the Appalachian Mountains, Mattea's new CD "Calling Me Home" follows her critically acclaimed "Coal" album with a diverse set of songs which treat the listener to virtually a poetry reading set to music. The songwriting is impeccable here, as is the singing, which further cements Mattea's expertise at interpreting material as though it indeed flowed from her own pen.

From the opening strains of Michael and Janet Dowling's brisk and endearing, fiddle driven "A Far Cry", to the closing instrumental number "Requiem for A Mountain", Mattea grabs hold of your attention, tugs at your heart and never lets go. In between the opening and closing tracks, there are themes of the love of the land where one comes from, such as the aforementioned "A Far Cry", and the tender "West Virginia, My Home". The theme of coal is ever present as well, in the moving "West Virginia Mining Disaster" and "Hello My Name Is Coal". Also beautifully executed is Jean Ritchie's "Black Waters". a heartbreaking lament of the environmental devastation wrought by the mining of coal, leaving the waters polluted beyond redemption.

Best of all perhaps is the stunning acapella treatment of two Alice Gerrard compositions, the title track "Calling Me Home" and "Now Is The Cool of the Day". The former is a treatise on death and the latter a reflective hymn of sorts about the beauty of the earth to which God has entrusted the stewardship of to man, with the implication that the day of reckoning has come for our failure to oversee admirably the bounty entrusted to us.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathy Mattea digs deep into Appalachian culture September 11, 2012
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Kathy Mattea
"Calling Me Home"
(Sugar Hill, 2012)
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If you liked Kathy Mattea's 2008 album, "Coal," about the hardships and heartbreak of coal mining, then you'll love this record, too. It's a moody, mournful mix of country and quiet folk, a lushly arranged set of music exploring the history and culture of Appalachia, with songs by Jean Ritchie, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, bluegrasser Laurie Lewis and labor activist Si Kahn, digging deep into the poetic soul of the East Coast's mountains and forest lands. She's backed by several top tier bluegrass artists -- Stuart Duncan, Tim O'Brien, Randy Kohrs, Bryan Sutton and others -- with harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless and Aoife O'Donnell (the Harris-Loveless-Mattea trio on "Black Waters" is not to be missed!) The dignity of the Eastern mountains and the people who live there is brought into modern times... Mattea's fans, particularly those who liked the "Coal" album, will definitely want to check this out. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music September 15, 2012
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"Calling Me Home" as well as "Coal" are the best CDs that I have purchased in quite a while. Kathy's voice is beautiful, as usual. The Instrumentation on both albums is understated, simple and just perfect for these songs. I only hope that she continues exploring these West Virginia/Kentucky/Coal Mining songs. I just bought "Calling Me Home" on the day it was released and I am already awaiting the next CD from this gifted and talented lady.........If I may, I'd like to also recommend the "Music of Coal" box set of music from the Appalachian coalfields. Some primitive stuff on these CDs but a perfect compliment to Kathy's outstanding music.......PLEASE keep it up, Kathy........Thank you for what you've given to the world of music.....God bless you

John Shepherd
Chesapeake, Va
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "Coal"... September 28, 2012
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Kathy Mattea has found a successful formula with her Grammy award winning "Coal". If you liked it, you'll like "Calling Me Home". It's not exactly Bluegrass, but it's a mix of bluegrass, folk, and even some gospel-tinted tunes. There are a few coal mining tunes, and number of laments on how our ecosystem is being destroyed. Personal favorites are "Hello, My Name is Coal", a song that explores the coal industry's good and darker sides equally, and "Requiem for a Mountain", a lovely acoustic guitar number at the end. Again, if you liked "Coal", and I did, you'll like "Calling Me Home."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from the Queen of West Virginia October 20, 2012
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How do you sustain a career in the music industry for over a quarter of a century? Answer: Evolve.

The days of the top ten Billboard Country chart may be behind Ms Mattea now, but her music has moved to a genre that still combines high quality musicianship and songwriting with one of the best voices in the business.

There is a strong connection with Appalachia in this recording in both the lyrics and the folk/bluegrass music. This is a plaintive story of West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky that follows neatly on from the artist's previous offering, "Coal".

As a fan, it is difficult to make an objective assessment; however, at the time of writing, my favourites would be "The Wood Thrush's Song", "Black Waters" and "Agate Hill".

Curious that the title track should be an a cappella farewell song, one of three songs from the pen of Alice Gerrard. Despite the dark subject of many of these songs, there is something very soothing about their rendition.

If you are a newcomer to Kathy's work, start here and work backwards through the catalogue.
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Loved the whole album, especially the ninth and tenth tracks. We saw her in concert locally and the album is as well done as the live concert.
Published 6 months ago by Fridgidaire stove owner
2.0 out of 5 stars It was just ok
I have almost all Kathy Mattea music and thought this was a good CD in my collection but as it turns out I am not as happy with this CD as the others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barb Nack
5.0 out of 5 stars Going to see Kathy Mattea in February at the Avalon in Easton Maryland
I have been a fan since she started. Wanted to hear some "newer" tunes so I would be familiar when I see her in concert. This CD is amazing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathy Mattea
Such a talented woman! So much more talent than some of the younger "Barbie Doll" look-a-likes that seem to dominate the airwaves
Published 9 months ago by Dean A. Burrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to Coal
Another fine album from this singer who hails from my home state. This is a fitting sequel to Coal, which took a lot of courage and dedication to produce. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carl E. Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome again!
Kathy has the most pure voice and she puts others to shame. She gets better with age & you can't go wrong with any of her music. Her compassion really shines thru. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Wise
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
Very depressing music. Not what I thought. Kathy needs to get out of the cole minds.if you have always liked her music you won't be expecting anything different then this is the cd... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shopping girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
If you have family or lived in the coal mining areas of West Virginia or Western Virginia these songs hit home (my relatives were coal miners).......... Read more
Published 13 months ago by spookycat31
5.0 out of 5 stars Things Never Change
I like this because I am going through the same process now. NE Pa has been discovered as having mega natural gas deposits. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Silverthorne Sioux
5.0 out of 5 stars More of what Kathy does best
For Kathy Mattea fans, you will love the next installment of Kathy's heritage music. Surprising variety amongst songs keeping with the West Virginia coal mining theme. Read more
Published 15 months ago by RS
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