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May 30, 2008

Coal Songs

When the Sago mine disaster happened in 2006, singer Kathy Mattea was reminded of another mining disaster from her childhood in West Virginia. It was 1968.  Her parents were glued to the television as news of 78 trapped Sago miners came across the screen. Rescuers eventually had to give up.

The tragedies convinced Kathy that the time had come to understand her family's roots in coal. So she set aside the country singing she's famous for and embraced the mountain music of her heritage. The result is her new album, Coal. Kathy talks tells Dick Gordon how this musical journey helped her find the story of her own life.

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