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Kathy Mattea sets October release for new album Pretty Bird

The award-winner puts her spin on familiar songs.

Kathy Mattea
Credit: Drew Loschke

Kathy Mattea will release her first new studio album in six years, Pretty Bird, on 5th October 2018.

The follow-up to 2012’s Follow Me Home, Pretty Bird was recorded over the course of a year with Tim O’Brien at the helm. The album features covers of Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe and Mary Gauthier’s Mercy Now, as well as a version of Joan Osborne’s St. Teresa.

With earthy and organic arrangements, Mattea breathes new life into familiar songs such as the British traditional He Moves Through the Fair and Hazel Dickens’ Pretty Bird, which serves as the title track.

Mattea hails from West Virginia and she moved to Nashville in the late 1970s. She was named Country Music Association (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and earned a 1983 Grammy Award for her album Good News.

The track listing for Pretty Bird is:

1. Chocolate On My Tongue
2. Ode To Billie Joe
3. Mercy Now
4. Little Glass Of Wine
5. He Moves Through The Fair
6. St. Teresa
7. This Love Will Carry
8. October Song
9. Tell Me What You Ache For
10. Holy Now
11. I Can’t Stand Up Alone
12. Pretty Bird

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