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LISTEN: Kathy Mattea Has The Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A woman with grey hair sings and plays the banjo while a man in the background plays the guitar.
Kathy Mattea performs on Mountain Stage in 2013.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

This week’s archive special of Mountain Stage features performances by Kathy Mattea, Kim Richey, Shovels & Rope, Kathleen Edwards and Bonnie Bishop from an episode recorded in 2013.

Our Song of the Week is by Grammy-winning musician Kathy Mattea, before she became the full-time host of Mountain Stage. “Coal Tattoo” is written by fellow West Virginian Billy Edd Wheeler and appears on her 2008 album Coal. Mattea has said she enjoys playing this song because it allows her band to “stretch out” on their instruments – especially her long-time guitarist and sideman Bill Cooley.

Hear more of Mattea’s performance, plus full sets from acclaimed Nashville singer and songwriter Kim Richey, roots-music husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope, singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, and Grammy-winning country rocker Bonnie Bishop.

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