Walk the Way the Wind Blows

by Kathy Mattea

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1986's WALK THE WAY THE WIND BLOWS was Kathy Mattea's breakthrough album, and while it paved the way for Mattea's later more pop-oriented projects, it remains one of her rootsiest and most satisfying efforts.

Surrounded by zesty acoustic arrangements, Kathy Mattea finds a commercial niche on her third album; both the title cut and her perky version of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime" cracked the top 10. Supported by an all-star bluegrass lineup including New Grass Revival members Pat Flynn and Bela Fleck, plus Buddy Spicher and Tim O'Brien, Mattea convincingly suggests the literate, earnest ethos of the singer-songwriter with material like "Train of Memories." Yet, she still somehow preserves a sensual, rural identity elsewhere, especially on the ode to home, "Leaving West Virginia," one of her richest vocal takes.
~ Roy Francis Kasten

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released June 1, 1986

Mercury Records
Produced by Allen Reynolds

Walk the Way the Wind Blows
Train of Memories
Reason to Live
Evenin'
Leaving West Virginia
Love at the Five & Dime
You Plant Your Fields
Back Up Grinnin' Again
You're the Power
Song For the Life

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Kathy Mattea Nashville, Tennessee

Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea is among the most successful women in the genre’s history, yet her creative spirit has led her to explore musical territory well beyond its confines. Her recent recordings have intertwined Celtic, gospel, and bluegrass influences with the folk and acoustic music that have served as her artistic anchor. ... more

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