Kathy Mattea with Bill Cooley / Mark Wayne Glasmire at Poor David's Pub
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She looked like a 1980s pop country superstar, but beneath the perm and shoulder pads, there was so much more to Kathy Mattea than mainstream sugar and spice. With rich vocals and storytelling that belied her youth, it was Mattea’s folk sensibilities that — against all odds in a decade of excess — launched her from Nashville dreamer to commercial success. Over more than 30 years, she charted four No. 1 singles, including the unforgettable “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” from certified gold and platinum albums. She also has won two Grammy Awards, including Best Country Vocal Performance, Female in 1990. Today, the veteran singer-songwriter continues to explore her roots without fear of moving too far from center; her later work embraces and builds upon her storyteller style and experimental spirit. Poor David’s Pub will host Mattea in an intimate, acoustic performance as part of the Dallas listening room’s 41st anniversary concert series.