Showcase December 2014 - page 42

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8 pm Orchestra Hall
Kathy Mattea
Songs and the Season
Kathy Mattea
, vocals and guitar
Bill Cooley
, guitar and bazouki
Eamonn O’Rourke
, mandolin and vocals
David Spicher
, bass and vocals
Rory Hoffman
, keyboards and vocals
Holiday Concert
The program for tonight’s concert will be announced from the stage.
There will be one intermission.
Kathy Mattea: Songs and the Season
Kathy Mattea
is among the most successful women in the
history of country music, with two Grammy Awards and nearly 30
Top 40 country hits to her credit. Her performances reveal influences
from folk and bluegrass to Celtic and gospel, and her 2008 CD, the
, added an environmentalist message to
the mix. Her latest release,
Calling Me Home
, is a deep and personal
exploration of the music of Appalachia. Twice named Female Vocalist
of the Year by the Country Music Association, Mattea is an artist at
ease both with country tradition and free-ranging innovation. She
came to prominence in the late 1980s, and in 1990 she won her first
Grammy for her song
Where’ve You Been
, co-written with her husband
Jon Vezner. She subsequently won a Grammy for her holiday album
Good News
, one of two Christmas discs she has released; her current
performance tour, Songs and the Season, draws on those recordings,
highlighting the joyous message of the holiday with a blend of new
songs and old favorites. For more information, visit
Bill Cooley
, a veteran of the Nashville music scene, has been performing with Kathy Mattea for 17 years and is
musical director and bandleader for Mattea’s current tour. He has released three CDs, most recently the acclaimed
Return Journey
Eamonn O’Rourke
began his career playing with bands in his native Ireland, then moved to the
U.S., where he has worked with a wide variety of artists. A former student of violinist Mark O’Connor, he has produced
and composed music for numerous albums. Nashville native
David Spicher
has collaborated with prominent
artists and ensembles including Crystal Gayle, Pam Tillis, Nickel Creek, the Nashville Symphony and the Jerry Douglas
Band, as well as his family’s own Nashville Swing Band. His father is the renowned fiddler Buddy Spicher. North
Dakota native
Rory Hoffman
has recorded several albums, including
Blind Faith
Swing Expedition
He records and performs regularly with Carolyn Martin, Paul Kramer and Swing Street, as well as Nashville’s premier
gypsy jazz trio, the Gypsy Hombres.
Photo: James Minchin
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