Kathleen Alice Mattea, 21 June 1959, Cross Lane, West Virginia, USA. During her teens, Mattea began playing with her guitar at church functions and, when she attended university, she joined a folk and bluegrass group, Pennsboro. She decided to go with the band leader to Nashville and, among several jobs, she worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Despite the competition, her vocal talents were appreciated and she was soon recording demos, jingles and commercials. In 1982, she became part of Bobby Goldsboros roadshow. She signed with Mercury Records and worked with Don Williams producer, Allen Reynolds. Her first single, Street Talk, made the US country charts, and then, after some minor successes, her version of Nanci Griffiths Love At The Five And Dime reached number 3. She topped the US country charts with Goin Gone, co-written by the delightfully eccentric Fred Koller, and had further...
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