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‘A sublime acoustic collection including a number of smartly chosen and heartfelt covers, the record marks something of a new era in Mattea’s 30-plus-year career.’ Rolling Stone
Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,’ Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits). The dream almost ended, though, when Mattea entered her 50s and began to find her voice changing. What followed was a three-year journey through life challenges and vocal glitches that she describes as her ‘dark night of the soul,’ a trying time of personal anguish and professional uncertainty that threatened to silence her permanently.
Mattea persevered, and has emerged with the moist poignant album of her career. Recorded over the course of a year with roots music wizard Tim O’Brien at the helm, the album opens with a playful take on Oliver Wood’s sultry Chocolate On My Tongue before moving seamlessly into a soulful rendition of Bobbie Gentry’s Ode To Billie Joe. The Mary Gauthier-penned Mercy Now finds Mattea offering up a tender prayer for understanding in these troubled times, while Joan Osborne’s St. Teresa takes on new life in light of the ravages that addiction has wrought on the singer’s home state.
The arrangements on the album are earthy and organic, but its most affecting moments arrive in stripped-down songs like the British traditional He Moves Through The Fair and the arresting title track, a Hazel Dickens tune that boldly closes the record with Mattea’s rich, a cappella voice.
Hailing from West Virginia, Mattea headed to Nashville in the late ‘70s. Her commercial breakthrough arrived with albums Walk The Way The Wind Blows and Untasted Honey. Mattea was named Country Music Association (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and earned a 1983 Grammy Award for her album Good News. Her list of hit singles includes Love at the Five and Dime, Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses and Where’ve You Been.
At 24, Edinburgh-based Roseanne Reid has achieved more in her career as a solo acoustic act than most do in a lifetime. Among her admirers is Country Legend Steve Earle, who has repeatedly invited her over the last three years to his annual song writing retreats in the States.
Roseanne’s melodic, honest and organic writing style allows her to paint pictures that capture the imagination immediately. This innate quality, paired with her distinct smoky vocals, gained her a spot on the Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations 2015 list, for which only four acts from around the country were selected. Appearances on the likes of the Simon Mayo show, along with her enchanting solo performances at venues across Scotland have gained Roseanne a loyal following that continues to grow.
This year Roseanne has appeared in the bill at a number of Festivals including Maverick , Summer Tyne and The L Fest in Wales bringing her excellent reviews , new supporters within the industry and a kick start to the previously unexplored area of social media.
Roseanne has crowdfunded the recording of her debut album ‘Trails’ recorded in New York produced by Teddy Thomson and featuring a duet with Earle himself. The album will be released in early 2019
‘An outstanding songwriter’ Steve Earle
‘Her singing and song craft displays a talent and maturity awesomely beyond her years.’ The Scotsman