Mattea inks with Sugar Hill
Thursday, April 5, 2012
– Kathy Mattea signed with Sugar Hill Records. The label has plans to release "Calling Me Home," what Mattea describes as a love letter to her home state of West Virginia, in September.
"Signing at Sugar Hill is like coming home. It's a wonderful fit for the music I am making these days, and I'm so excited to be there," said Mattea, whose latest release, "Coal," was a tribute to the mining traditions of Appalachia.
Mattea spent the bulk of her career on Mercury with such hits as Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses and Where've You Been.
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