That's All The Lumber You Sent

They Are The Roses

Guns of Love

Ashes In The Wind

I'm Alright

Till I Turn To You

Come Away With Me

Who We Are


Isle Of Inishmore - Part 1 (Air)

Isle of Inishmore - Part 2 (Jig)

The Slender Threads That Bind Us Here


Narada - 2002




Liner Notes



Kathy Mattea (whistling, guitar); John Mock (whistling, concertina, harmonium); Joanie Madden (whistling); Ed Cash (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Bill Cooley (acoustic guitar, classical guitar); David Johnson (steel guitar, dobro); Chris Carmichael (violin, fiddle); Kris Thompson, John Catchings, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , David Angell (strings); Tim Lauer (accordion); Mark Stallings (piano); Byron House (acoustic bass, upright bass); Tommy Simms (electric bass); Jim Brock, Dan Needham (drums, percussion); David Barnes (background vocals).


Kathy Mattea has always teetered on the Nashville edge with her music. On Roses, her 13th studio album, she pushes the envelope, bringing to the forefront the blending of the Scottish/Irish music found in small doses on her last few albums. "That's All the Lumber You Sent," the first track, screams Celtic, as does the instrumental "Isle of Inishmore." But whatever the musical style, brooding and contemplative lyrics accompany all of the tracks. Mattea's warm alto voice comes across opulently in "The Slender Threads That Bind Us Here" and the Kim Richey remake "I'm Alright." This album isn't the country music of the former Grammy-winner and CMA vocalist of the year, but it wins high marks for creative expression and originality.

~ Maria Konicki Dinoia

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