Hillbilly music's making a comeback.
Two-time Grammy winner and Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea, recently released a new album that draws on her experiences growing up in West Virginia coal mining country. Mattea is best known for Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses. Her new album titled Coal, recently topped Billboard's bluegrass charts.
Coal is a bare bones bluegrass album produced by Marty Stuart. These no frills recordings sent chills up my spine as I listened to Mattea's recent performance on the Grand Ole Opry. I spent some time on her website recently, and urge you stop by for a visit. Even if you're not a fan of her music, I think you'll be surprised by her powerful message.
You can also find Kathy Mattea's performances on YouTube. While there, be sure to watch Mattea's videos for Black Lung and L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore.