Singer-Songwriter Kathy Mattea performs at PSU Sept. 30

September 28th, 2006 by Adam

Kathy Mattea, a two-time Grammy award winner, kicks off the 2006-07 Silver Series of Performing Arts at Plymouth State with a concert at 8 p.m. September 30 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth.

singerMattea blends the best of Celtic, country, folk, gospel and pop into a vocal style that is distinctly her own. From leaving her native West Virginia for Nashville at 19, through the musical journey to her newest album, Right Out of Nowhere, Mattea has followed a path of discovery that has never led her astray.

In her online biography she wrote, “If there’s one constant through my career, it’s my connection with songs and songwriters. … It’s never been so much about me or my style, as it is about telling a story or putting across a mood or a feeling.” Her breakthrough album in 1986, Walk the Way the Wind Blows, established her as a fast-rising star.

In 1989 and 1990 she won female artist of the year recognition from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Her hits include Love at the Five and Dime,Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,the touching Where’ve You Been? and a love song to a car – 455 Rocket.

Mattea’s newest album, Right Out of Nowhere, finds the singer dealing with love and loss, and still rockin’ with covers of Gimme Shelter and Down on the Corner.

Entertainment Weekly rated the album an “A” and said, “ … a beautiful set of songs … healing balm for troubled times.”

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Tickets for the concert, which is presented by the Silver Center with support from the Dick and Betty Hanaway Endowment for the Silver Center, are $30-25 for adults; $28-23 for seniors and $25-20 for youth.