Same-Same Kathy Mattea. Her mainstream stuff was way above the usual in her Award Winning days. But, her current work over the last few years, after leaving 'her' record company, is way above even what she did in mainstream.
Like Patty Loveless, she sings just as she did in her 90's wide popularity. Her song choices have always been wonderful. Now she includes much material from her own pen. Lotsa West Virginia and Coal . . . . and Soul
Good Call, I don't care where Kathy's money goes or where she makes it. She is is a cut above, she can interpret a song like very few can. No whistles and bells, no gimmicks, just a quiet integrity honoring the material not a viewpoint
These discussions bring this song to mind...