Monday, December 8 2008
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.
Sunday, February 8 2009
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?
Thursday, September 13 2012
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.
Wednesday, April 2 2008
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.
Thursday, September 29 2005
She doesn't want to set the world on fire, because it's already burning. Who could blame her for wanting to extinguish the flames?"