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Songs By Kathy Mattea
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Who Is Kathy Mattea?

who is kathy mattea

Kathy Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass singer. She was born on June 21, 1959, in South Charleston, West Virginia. Mattea rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s with a string of country hits and became known for her traditional country sound mixed with folk and bluegrass influences.

Some of Kathy Mattea's most well-known songs include "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses," "Where've You Been," "Come From the Heart," and "Burnin' Old Memories." She has won multiple Grammy Awards throughout her career, including Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Where've You Been" and Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for "Good News."

Mattea's music often explores themes of love, loss, family, and the human experience. She has also been involved in various social and environmental causes, using her platform to raise awareness on issues such as coal mining, environmental conservation, and HIV/AIDS.

Throughout her career, Kathy Mattea has been recognized for her powerful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and dedication to her craft. She remains a respected figure in the country and folk music scenes.

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1. 18 Wheels & A Dozen Roses

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Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses is a song written by Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson. American country music singer Kathy Mattea recorded it.

The song came out in March 1988 as the second single from her album "Untasted Honey." In that same year, it reached number one on both the US and Canadian Country charts.

The song tells the story of a truck driver named Charlie. After working for thirty years, Charlie decides to retire to spend more time with his wife. The song talks about Charlie getting a gold watch, which is a common gift for retiring. In the chorus, the song counts down from 18 (the number of wheels on a truck) to 12 (the roses), until Charlie finally gets to the "one" he loves, his wife.

The music video for the song was directed by May/Sams.

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2. Come From The Heart 

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Come from the Heart is a classic country music song written by Richard Leigh and Susanna Clark back in 1987. Kathy Mattea made it famous with her 1989 single, released alongside her album "Willow in the Wind."

The song was first heard on Don Williams' 1987 album "Traces" and later on Clark's husband's album "Old Friends" in 1988.

Mattea's version of the song became her third number one hit on the country chart. It stayed on the chart for 14 weeks, including one week at the very top. In 2014, the band Hard Working Americans, with Todd Snider as the frontman, recorded the song as a duet with Rosanne Cash.

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3. Goin' Gone

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Goin' Gone was written by Pat Alger, Bill Dale, and Fred Koller, and it was sung by American country music artist Kathy Mattea. It came out in September 1987 as the first single from her album "Untasted Honey."

This song marked Mattea's ninth hit in country music and the first of four songs to reach number one on the country music charts. It stayed at the top for a week and spent fifteen weeks on the country chart.

Before Mattea's version, the song was first recorded in 1985 by Nanci Griffith for her album "The Last of the True Believers."

Pat Alger, one of the songwriters, played guitar on both Griffith's and Mattea's albums.


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4. Life As We Knew It

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Life as We Knew It was by Walter Carter and Fred Koller, and it was sung by American country music artist Kathy Mattea. She released her single in November 1988.

It was the fourth single from her album "Untasted Honey." It climbed to the number 4 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


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5. Lonesome Standard Time

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Lonesome Standard Time was released by Kathy Matteas back in Sept of 1992 as part of her lead off single from the album of the same name.

The song was written by Larry Cordle and Jim Rushing, two well known writers in the country music circles and and because of Mattea's release, made its way to number 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart by December 1992.


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6. Love At The Five And Dime

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Love at the Five and Dime is a song originally written and sung by Nanci Griffith, later recorded and released by American country artist Kathy Mattea. It came out in April 1986 as the first single from Mattea's album "Walk the Way the Wind Blows."

This song became Mattea's big breakthrough, marking her first top 10 hit and eventually reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Originally part of Nanci Griffith's 1986 album "The Last of the True Believers," "Love at the Five and Dime" also inspired the album's cover art, which showed a Woolworths store front.

The song tells the story of Rita, a clerk at a dime store, and Eddie, a young steel guitar player. Their love story unfolds over the years, capturing the heart of listeners with its nostalgic and tender tale.


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7. Mary Did You Know

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Mary Did You Know is a Christmas song from Kathy Mattea's 1993 album "Good News." Written by Mark Lowry in 1984 and Buddy Greene in 1991, it was first recorded by Michael English.

Kathy Mattea's rendition won the Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album. The song reflects on the relationship between Mary and her son, Jesus, and has become a modern Christmas classic, covered by numerous artists across genres.

Over the years, "Mary Did You Know" has been recorded by many, including Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers on Rogers' holiday album "The Gift." It reached No. 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Other notable artists such as Clay Aiken, Dolly Parton, CeeLo Green, and Jordan Smith have also put their own spin on this beloved Christmas tune, contributing to its enduring popularity and recognition.


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8. Standing Knee Deep In A River

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Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst) is a song written by Bob McDill, Dickey Lee, and Bucky Jones, sung by American country artist Kathy Mattea. It came out in January 1993 as the second single from her album "Lonesome Standard Time."

The song made it to number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Joe Cocker also sang a version of this song on his 1994 album "Have a Little Faith." Additionally, Don Williams included a cover of the song on his 1992 album "Currents."

Both artists put their own spin on this poignant tune, which resonated with listeners across different musical styles.


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9. The Battle Hymn Of Love

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The Battle Hymn of Love was written by two well respected Nashville writers Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz.  American country music artists Kathy Mattea and Tim O'Brien recorded the song for Mattea's 1987 album "Untasted Honey."

Later, it was released in July 1990 as the first single from Mattea's compilation album "A Collection of Hits." The song made its way up to number 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


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