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Kathy Mattea to Sugar Hill Records, Appalachian Album Coming

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Kathy MatteaNashville, TN (April 5, 2012) – Kathy Mattea, the beloved Grammy-winning singer of such classics as "18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been," has signed with Sugar Hill Records. The label has plans to release Calling Me Home, what Mattea describes as a love letter to her home state of West Virginia, later this year.

"Signing at Sugar Hill is like coming home. It's a wonderful fit for the music I am making these days, and I'm so excited to be there," says Mattea, whose latest release Coal was a rootsy tribute to the mining traditions of Appalachia.

APPALACHIAN: of a wild and beautiful mountain land, a genre of distinctly American music, and for many, the deep roots of family. For Kathy Mattea, it also represents an essential piece of her musical education and heritage.

Kathy has gathered songs and stories of bravery, pride and grief that further define and describe the life and times of her home place. 2008's Grammy nominated COAL was her first step to discovering this vast and rich genre of music that producer Marty Stuart allowed was "in her blood," taking her back to the lore of family stories and to her place and her people.

Sugar Hill Records' dedication to quality roots music has served the label for over 30 years, cementing its reputation as one of the most important independent record companies in the industry. In 1998 the Welk Music Group acquired Sugar Hill, placing it alongside sister label Vanguard Records. Nashville-based Sugar Hill has been home to some of the most stalwart names in bluegrass, roots, and Americana music and continues to cultivate an eclectic roots music roster. For more information please visit SugarHillRecords.com.

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