|Spotlight On Kathy Mattea At The Del E. Webb
Center For The Performing Arts In Wickenburg, AZ|
Story and Photos by Glenda S.
Kathy Mattea performed at the Del E. Webb Center for
the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, AZ on February 12-13,
2015. Mattea put on fantastic shows. For both
nights, she had the audience mesmerized with her beautiful voice and
To start off each show, Mattea performed an audience
participation piece called Blessing Rain. It brought a special
connection between Kathy and the audience.
During her shows, Mattea played guitar and sang songs from her
current CD titled Calling Me Home and some from her CD titled
Coal. She also sang many of her greatest hits from throughout
her career. It was fun and interesting to hear the stories
about the writers of some of the songs she performed. Mattea
also shared her humor.
From her Calling Me Home CD, she sang "A Far Cry". Kathy played
banjo on "Gone, Gonna Rise Again". Kathy told a few banjo
jokes, then played banjo again on "The Wood Thrush's Song",
Mattea sang "Hello, My Name Is Coal" and a song by Alice
Gerrand titled "Agate Hill", which was my favorite.
Mattea told the story of when she met the song writer, Alice
Gerrand, at a Folk Alliance and Alice gave Kathy a tape with the
song on it.
From the Coal CD, Mattea sang "The L & N
Don't Stop Here Anymore". Mattea performed this song with a
cool train video in the background. Mattea then sang
"Red-Winged Blackbird", and "Coal Tattoo" also from the Coal CD.
From her Right Out of Nowhere CD, Mattea performed a wonderful
rendition of Gimme Shelter.
Kathy performed many hits from prior CD's including the
favorites, "Love At The Five and Dime", "Train of Memories". During
"Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses", Mattea invited the audience to
sing along with her. Mattea also sang "Untold Stories", "Come
From The Heart" which also had a fun audience participation
portion. A nice part of the show is when she talked about when
her husband, Jon Vezner, who wrote a true story song about his
grandparents. She then sang her big hit "Where've You
Been". She also sang "Battle Hymn of Love" which was written
by one of her best friends, Tim O'Brien. She sang "Lonesome
Standard Time", and then another favorite of mine, "Standing Knee
Deep In A River (Dying of Thurst)", "Seeds", "Walking Away A Winner"
and 455 Rocket. Someone from the audience requested "Harley" for her
to sing. Mattea sang another one of my favorites, "Love
Near the end of her show, Kathy stated, "This is my new favorite
song", and then she sang the beautiful "Everything Is Holy
Now". She then performed a musical instrumental with her
fantastic band that include Bill Cooley (Guitar), David Spicher
(Bass, Vocals), Eamonn O'Rouke (Fiddle, Mandolin,
At the end of each show, Mattea received a
well deserved standing ovation. She then came back onstage and ended
her concert singing the song "Calling Me Home" acappella.
Kathy had fans from all over attend the shows. There were
many Matteaheads in attendance for both shows that traveled from
Colorado, Nevada, Utah and of course, me, from Arizona. She
made many new fans. Kathy takes the time after her shows to
visit with her fans, sign autographs and pose for photos.
It is hard for me to put into words what Kathy Mattea and her
music means to me, but I can say, her heartfelt music reaches into
your soul. She makes me laugh, brings tears to my eyes and
even gives me goosebumps. Most important, she makes me
feel. I feel like a better person just for attending her
concerts. That is why she is my favorite performer.
A special thank you goes out to the Del E. Webb Center For The
Performing Arts and the performance sponsors" Sally & Monte
Miller! You can check out the Del E. Webb Center For The
Performing Arts website at: www.dewpac.org.
Kathy Mattea will be on board The Country Music Cruise on January
16-23, 2016. For information about the cruise go to: www.countrymusiccruise.com
or call (877) 266-2686. Make sure to tell them that I, Glenda
Paradee, referred you.
left to right:
Glenda S. Paradee, Don London, Bryan A.,
Kathy Mattea, Sue P. Doc B.
More on Kathy:
Kathy Mattea is one
of the most respected female country stars of her era, bringing a
distinctive smoky voice and singer/songwriter intimacy to her
music. A multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy Award winner, her 17
albums are woven through with folk, bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic
music influences. Mattea has landed more than thirty singles
on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the number
one hits "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses," "Goin' Gone," and
"Burnin' Old Memories."
Mattea was born in Cross Lane, WV, in 1959 and received classical
voice training starting in junior high, but also took up the guitar
when she discovered folk music. In 1976, while in college, she
joined the bluegrass band Peensboro and two years later dropped out
of school to move to Nashville. She worked odd jobs and
perfected her songwriting, and in 1983 she landed a deal with
Mercury Records on the strength of her demo tape. He
self-titled debut was released in 1984, and the follow-up, From My
Heart, appeared the following year.
Mattea's third effort, 1986's folksy Walk the
Way the Wind Blows, proved to be her breakthrough both critically
and commercially. Her cover of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the
Five and Dime" was her first Top five hit, and the record produced
three other To Tens in the title track, "Train of Memories," and
"You're The Power," 1987's follow-up album, Untasted Honey,
confirmed Mattea's newfound stardom, featuring two number one
country hits in "Goin' Gone" and "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen
Roses." "Untold Stories" and "Life as We Knew It" also made the Top
Five. Released in 1989, Willow in the Wind boasted an even
stronger folk influence, and it became her first album to go gold on
the strength of the number one hits "Burnin' Old Memories" and "Come
from the Heart," and the number two "She Came From Fort
Worth." Additionally, the album's Top Ten hit "Where've You
Been, co-written by her new husband Jon Vezner, won her a Grammy for
Best Female Country Vocal.
Seeking to keep her music fresh by returning to its roots, Mattea
made several trips to Scotland in the early '90s, studying the links
between country music and traditional Scottish folk. Her own
music kept getting rootsier and more eclectic, as 1991's ambitious
Time Passes By featured guest spots by Emmylou Harris, folk band The
Roches, and Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean. The
album's title track and "A Few Good Things Remain" both hit the Top
In 1993 Mattea's Walking Away A Winner, saw its title track
become another Top Five hit. The same year, she issued the
gospel-oriented Christmas record Good News, which won a Grammy for
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass gospel Album. After a
several-year hiatus, Mattea returned in 1997 with Love Travels,
which balanced her folk and mainstream country leanings and in 2000
she released the ballad-heavy The Innocent Years, a heartfelt
tribute to her ailing father. Wanted to explore her taste for
Celtic folk, Mattea recorded Roses in 2002. The holiday album
Joy for Christmas Day arrived in 2003, followed by Right Out of
Nowhere in 2005. In 2008, Mattea released the
Kathy has gathered songs and stories of bravery, pride and grief
that further define and describe the life and times of her home
place. 2008's Grammy nominated COAL was her first step to
discovering this vast and rich genre of music that producer Marty
Stuart allowed was 'in her blood," taking her back to the lore of
family stories and to her place and her people.
Calling Me Home is Kathy's newest release on Sugar Hill Records,
co-produced with multi-Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa. It's a
collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her
native West Virginia, and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots
music that has always served as her artistic center.
Meet Kathy's Band
Bill Cooley (Guitar), a native of Santa Barbara, CA, is
a stalwart Nashville veteran, called "one of Nashville's most
respected sidemen" by Guitar Player magazine. After working
with Merle Haggard in California in the early 80's he moved to
Nashville in 1985, and has toured and recorded with Reba McEntire,
Alan Jackson, and Hal Ketchum. As a songwriter he's had his
songs recorded by Kathy Mattea and Reba, among others. Bill
has played guitar of Kathy Mattea on stage and in the studio for the
past 20 years.
David Spicher (Bass, Vocals), a native of Nashville, TN,
is the son of session fiddle king Buddy Spicher. He has
performed with Crystal Gayle, Pam Tillis, the Jerry Douglas Band,
Carolina Rain, Jim Lauderdale, Nickel Creek, polka queen Lynn Marie,
the Nashville Symphony, John England & the Western Swingers, and
his family's own Nashville Swing Band.
Eamonn O'Rourke (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) was born in
County Donegal, Ireland. He grew up in a very musical family
and took an interest to music at a very young age. Eamonn
began his professional career in his late teens, playing with small,
local Irish bands. In 1993, Eamonn moved to New York to
further his musical career and has worked with a wide variety of
artists throughout the United States and Canada including the great
Mark O'Connor. In 2002, Eamonn was given the opportunity to
join Kathy Mattea on tour.
For more information on Kathy, go to her website: www.mattea.com
Thanks For The Music Kathy!