Photo by James Minchin
Grammy winner Kathy Mattea will perform in concert at New Bern’s Riverfront Convention Center Friday, March 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society, Kathy Mattea one of country music’s most respected artists, is bringing all of her musical gifts to New Bern. She has recorded nineteen albums, charting more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart. She has sixteen top ten hits with four reaching number one. Prepare for an evening packed full of entertainment. Tickets are $35 until February 15, and $40 after February 15, active duty military $35 anytime. Tickets are available at the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558 or on their website. Call for outlet information.
Kathy Mattea in Concert! is coming to the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, Friday, March 4, 8:00 p.m. The New Bern Historical Society is excited to present Mattea, one of country music’s most respected artists, whose music combines elements of folk, bluegrass and gospel. She has charted sixteen top hits with four reaching number one: “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses;” “Goin’ Gone;” “Burnin’ Old Memories;” and “Come From the Heart.” She has also won three Grammy Awards including Best Female Country Performance and Best Country Song, four Country Music Awards including two for Female Vocalist of the year, and four Academy of Country Music Awards, including Top Female Vocalist and Song of the Year.
Born and raised in Cross Lanes, WV, she attended West Virginia University. In 1978 she left university and moved to Nashville. Kathy worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame while doing backup vocals for Bobby Goldsboro and singing demos. In 1983, she signed with Mercury Records and her first album, the self-titled Kathy Mattea, was released in 1984. Although critically acclaimed, it was her 1986 album Walk the Way the Wind Blows that proved to be her breakthrough. The album produced three top ten songs, “Walk the Way the Wind Blows”, “You’re the Power”, and “Train of Memories”. “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” was released in 1988, and became the first single by a solo female to spend multiple weeks at number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart in nine years. In 1993, her gospel-oriented Christmas album, Good News, included the single, “Mary, Did You Know?” which went on to be recorded by many other well known artists.
Kathy’s most recent album, Coal, was released in 2008. Both of her grandfathers had worked the West Virginia mines. She thought she had a generation’s distance from the mines but, according to Kathy, as she started choosing material for Coal, “What I found was a connection to my own history, my own family, my own people.” Her connections to coal mining in West Virginia led to her involvement in the documentary Coal Country. When the soundtrack for Coal Country was compiled Kathy Mattea was among an elite group of contributing artists, which includes Willie Nelson and Natalie Merchant.
You will not want to miss this concert and neither will your friends! Purchase your tickets today; they can be picked up or mailed. Order tickets through the Historical Society office 252-638-8558 or online. All proceeds go to support the New Bern Historical Society’s ongoing educational programs. Preferred seating with a backstage pass is available for $125. Sponsorships are also available.
Submitted by: Kathy Morrison for the New Bern Historical Society