Country Music’s Kathy Mattea Comes to Lufkin
Tickets are on sale now for “An Evening with Kathy Mattea” presented by The Pines Theater and the Angelina Arts Alliance at 7 p.m. November 22 at the historic Pines Theater.
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 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits).
The dream might have ended when Mattea entered her 50s and began to find her voice changing. What followed was a three-year journey through life challenges, soul-searching, and professional uncertainty, a trying time of personal anguish that in the end brought her unexpected joy.
“The hardest thing was facing the question of whether I would still be able to sing well enough to enjoy it,” Mattea says. “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.’”
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.
Rolling Stone says Pretty Bird “closes with Mattea’s spine-chilling a cappella rendition of the Hazel Dickens-penned title track [and] melds the singer’s Appalachian roots with her impeccable song sense.”
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 Mattea inhabits quite literally, and it’s a welcome reintroduction to one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures.
For tickets go to angelinaarts.org or call the box office at (936) 633-5454.