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Coming up roses

Wren Wertin

When Kathy Mattea traveled from West Virginia to Nashville at age 19, she had no idea she’d be one of those classic success stories. The singer-songwriter has a new album out, “Roses” – her fourteenth – and she’s touring in promotion of it. She performs at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek Friday at 7:30 p.m.

That rootsy sound came from an honest place in Mattea, and was met with approval by the public. In addition to platinum albums, she’s garnered two Grammies.

“I’ve always thought if I can learn to listen to my heart and make music from there, everything else will take care of itself,” she said.

Apparently it has.

She made several trips to Scotland during the early ’90s, and discovered her “spiritual music home.” Her music meanders from country to folk to Celtic and back again. What seems to drive her is the songs themselves, and the messages behind them.

“I always want to push myself creatively,” she said. “It’s one thing to carve a niche for yourself, but quite another to keep searching for what moves you as an artist. To record another album exactly like all the others just wasn’t making me wake up in the morning, rarin’ to go.”

The lyrical voice of Mattea is unmistakable, whatever the style of the music behind it. Fiddles, accordions and organs are but a few of the instruments that fill “Roses.”

For more information on Kathy Mattea’s concert, visit http://www.VilarCenter.org or call the Box Office at 845-TIXS.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.


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