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October 24, 2008

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Kathy, smiling,
Kathy Mattea

Coal Songs

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Singer Kathy Mattea grew up in West Virginia. She remembers a mining disaster in 1968. She and her parents were glued to the television as news of 78 trapped Sago miners came across the screen. Rescuers eventually had to give up. After another Sago mine disaster in 2006, Kathy became convinced 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 album Coal. Kathy tells Dick Gordon how this musical journey helped her find the story of her own life.

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