The Acoustic Living Room
Songs and Stories with Kathy Mattea
Featuring Bill Cooley
Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts, all reinterpreted for the duo format. Her most recent album, Calling Me Home, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.
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More about Kathy Mattea
Appalachian is of a wild and beautiful mountain land, a genre of distinctly American music, and for many, the deep roots of family. For Kathy Mattea, it also represents an essential piece of her musical education and heritage.
Calling Me Home is Mattea's new release on Sugar Hill Records, co-produced with multi-Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa. It's a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia, and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center. Mattea has gathered songs and stories of bravery, pride and grief that further define and describe the life and times of her home place. 2008 Grammy-nominated Coal was her first step to discovering this vast and rich genre of music that take her back to the lore of family stories and to her place and her people.
Mattea's concerts present her new and most recent material alongside her Top 20 radio hits: from the signature ballad Where've You Been?, to the bluesy 455 Rocket, to the iconic Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses. Long known as an impeccable songcatcher, her 17 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards.
More about Bill Cooley
A native of Santa Barbara, CA, Bill Cooley is a stalwart Nashville veteran, called “one of Nashville’s most respected sidemen” by Guitar Player magazine. After working with Merle Haggard in California in the early ’80s he moved to Nashville in 1985, and has toured and recorded with Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, and Hal Ketchum. Cooley has played guitar for Kathy Mattea on stage and in the studio for the past 20 years. As a songwriter he’s had his songs recorded by Mattea and Reba, among others.
Cooley’s first CD, titled Unravel’d, was released in 1997 and nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at the Nashville Music Awards. When Cooley’s follow-up CD, A Turn in the Road, was released in 2004, Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote that “few guitarists cover as much musical ground as thoroughly as Cooley does on his second solo disc.” According to Minor 7th.com, “Cooley’s forte is laying down any kind of groove with just his fingers and six steel strings.” Cooley was part of the core band that recorded Mattea’s Grammy-nominated Coal album, and is now with her on tour in support of that project. In the spring of 2009 he released his third instrumental CD, The Return Journey.
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