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Kathy Mattea at the Craterian

Singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea plays acoustic folk and country music with a keen songwriting sense. The West Virginia native has two Grammy awards to her credit. The first was for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1990 with her song "Where've You Been." The second came in 1994, when her album "Good News" took home the award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass album.

Since her self-titled debut in 1984, Mattea has released 15 albums, producing 16 hit singles that charted on Billboard's Top 10. Her latest album, "Calling Me Home," was released in 2012 and, like its 2009 predecessor "Coal," finds Mattea weaving influences of Celtic, gospel and bluegrass into her music.

"My big fear when I made 'Coal' was I didn't grow up singing this stuff," Mattea says in a press release. "I've had a commercial music career for decades now. Am I gonna sound like a lounge singer trying to sing Appalachian songs?"

Mattea's fears turned out to be unfounded as "Coal" reached the No. 1 spot on the bluegrass charts and was nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 2009 Grammy awards. "Calling Me Home" peaked at No. 2 on the bluegrass charts.

Mattea and her band — guitarist Bill Cooley, mandolin player Eamonn O'Rourke and bassist David Spicher — will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $27, $30 or $33, $19, $22 or $25 for ages 18 and younger, and can be purchased at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., online at www.craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.

Kathy Mattea - Photo courtesy of David McClister