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Mattea receives Berklee honor

Friday, March 22, 2019 – Kathy Mattea received the American Master Award from Berklee College of Music earlier this week in Nashville.

"Kathy is a great friend of Berklee, having visited the campus several times, providing valuable mentorship through workshops and master classes in both Boston and Nashville," said Berklee President Roger H. Brown, who presented the award. "Her warmth and expertise are on full display when she's with our students, and we are fortunate to consider her part of our extended Berklee family."

The award came during an annual trip by Berklee students to Nashville. After the ceremony, Mattea conducted a clinic with the students. "That the arc of my career, my triumphs and especially my regrets, might inform these young musicians, is a profoundly humbling experience," Mattea said. "I walk out of here high for days on the joy of our connection, one based on a mutual fire we all carry and recognize in each other: that drive to express ourselves deeply, honestly, in the world, through music."

"To have the opportunity to love on these kids, who have worked so hard and are on the brink of launching into their careers, is one of the greatest gifts in my life," she continued. "It's added layers of meaning to my own journey, and a perspective on my life and work that is unique and was totally unexpected."

Mattea's most recent release was "Pretty Bird," which details vocal issues she confronted in recent years.

For 34 years, a group of Berklee students has spent its spring break in Nashville, getting an intensive, in-depth look at the music industry and gaining insight through clinics and workshops with alumni artists, songwriters, producers,and engineers. This year, clinicians included Tom Hambridge, Jonathan Perkins, Vanessa Campagna, Craig Monday and Kyle Lehning, and alumni Matt Rollings and Liz Longley. The students also attended a recording session with alumnus Charlie Worsham at The Tracking Room, and toured Sound Emporium, Southern Ground, Ocean Way, Blackbird and Starstruck studios.

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As a commercially successful country artist during the '80s and '90s, Kathy Mattea hit the top 20 with no fewer than 21 singles, and although she last reached the top 10 almost 2 decades ago with Walking Away a Winner, she has continually produced high quality music that has become more engaging with each release. "Calling Me Home" picks up fairly close to where 2008's outstanding "Coal" left off. The Cross Lanes, West Va. native continues to mine the »»»
Coal CD review - Coal
This could have been just one more example of a contemporary country artist tapping into the traditional country vein, a career tactic that has been explored nearly to the point of revulsion in the post-"O Brother, Where Art Thou" world. But Kathy Mattea would have none of that. Mattea, who calls herself a "child of coal" in the album's liner notes, really has a feel for these mining songs, having grown up in West Virginia where the mines were a way of life - and death »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: We Banjo 3 beaks down the barriers – The joy is palpable when the music is of the Irish variety. And when you combine that with a typically uptempo bluegrass sound - We Banjo 3 labels its style of music Celtgrass - let's say it makes for one fun night. The group, which has been around since 2011, is a quartet from Galway Ireland comprised of two sets of brothers - the cool looking... »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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