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In Praise of Older Women: The Best Records of 2008 by Women 45 Years Old and Over
8 Dec 2008 // 3:00 PM
The old music-industry adage is that if a woman doesn't have a hit by the time she's 22 years old, she should probably look for another career. That's obviously a load of blarney.
Working in the Coal Mine and Singing About It, Too
8 Feb 2009 // 3:00 PM
The majority of us aren't coal miners, we don't know coal miners, and we wouldn't last a week in a coal mine. Are coal mining songs, then, still relevant?
Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home
13 Sep 2012 // 6:04 PM
Mattea's vision of coal miners in the Appalachians is both sympathetic and unflinchingly honest, recognizing the harm caused by "black coal" as well as the unbridled lust with which many pursue its riches.
Kathy Mattea: Coal
2 Apr 2008 // 6:00 PM
Mattea may claim to have coal mining in her blood and bleed whenever a mountaintop is sheared for ore, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is the music, and the music is terrific.