Kathy Mattea in concert
Kathy Mattea is one of the most respected female country stars of her era, a commercially successful hit maker who was able to bring elements of folk, bluegrass, gospel, and singer/songwriter intimacy to her music. In 1976, while in college, she joined the bluegrass band Pennsboro and two years later dropped out of school to move to Nashville. She worked odd jobs and perfected her songwriting, and in 1983 she landed a deal with Mercury on the strength of her demo tape. To date, Mattea has released 14 studio albums, most recently 2012's Calling Me Home.