CD Coal [Kathy Mattea] (CD 1169490), Audio Other
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Coal [Kathy Mattea]

  • 1. L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore, The
    2. Blue Diamond Mines
    3. Red-Winged Blackbird
    4. Lawrence Jones
    5. Green Rolling Hills
    6. Coal Tattoo
    7. Sally in the Garden
    8. You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive
    9. Dark as a Dungeon
    10. Coming of the Roads
    11. Black Lung/Coal
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65326

  • Credits
    ProducerMarty Stuart; Marty Stuart
    EngineerEmory Gordy, Jr.; Mick Conley; Dan Spomer; Emory Gordy, Jr.; Mick Conley

    Personnel: Kathy Mattea (vocals, acoustic guitar); Marty Stuart (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandocello, mandolin, background vocals); Stuart Duncan (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandocello, fiddle); Bill Cooley (acoustic guitar); John Catchings (cello); Randy Leago (accordion, piano); Eric Fritsch (Hammond b-3 organ); Byron House, Fred Newell (upright bass); Mollie O'Brien, Patty Loveless, Tim O'Brien (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Mick Conley.
    Recording information: Cave 2 Studio, Atlanta, GA; House Of David Recording Studio, Nashville, TN; Puremusic Studio, Nashville, TN; The Playground, Nashville, TN.
    Photographer: James Minchin.
    The daughter and granddaughter of coal miners raised in West Virginia, Kathy Mattea has had a lifelong and complex relationship with the element. In the aftermath of the Sago mine disaster in 2006, when 12 miners perished, Mattea was inspired to create the song cycle COAL. A social and environmental activist as well as a musician, Mattea draws on all strands of her beliefs and biography for these 11 songs. They avoid finger-pointing and easy moralizing, accepting that there are no easy answers for the problems of her hometown area or the country as a whole. However, the deep emotion and plainspoken truth of songs like "Black Lung," "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive," and "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore" is obvious even to those who had never given a moment's thought to the subject. Mattea and co-producer Marty Stuart give the album a suitably stripped-down, folky sound.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.44) - "Mattea's voice grabs an open vowel an soars along like a hawk on air currents, making tiny midair adjustments to prolong the ride."
    No Depression (pp.64-66) - "[Her voice] is careful and carefully modulated....[I]t is a complicated conversation, one she seeks gently to engage all of us in."
    Paste (magazine) (p.69) - "Mattea's voice -- full, soulful and without twang -- adds welcome power to the minimalist production..."
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