The Innocent Years

The Innocent Years

Trouble With Angels

Why Can't We

Prove That By Me

Callin' My Name

Out of the Blue

I Have Always Loved You

(Love is) My Last Word

Trust Me

That's the Deal

The Innocent Years (reprise)


The Innocent Years

Mercury - 2000




Liner Notes



Kathy Mattea (vocals, percussion); John Jennings, Bill Cooley (acoustic & electric guitars); Steve Sheehan (acoustic guitar); Duke Levine (electric guitar, mandola); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Darrell Scott, Dan Dugmore (pedal steel guitar); Chris Carmichael (violin, fiddle, viola, cello); Stuart Duncan (fiddle, bajo sexto); Sam Bush (fiddle); Matt Rollings (piano, Wurlitzer piano, organ); Gary Prim, Carl Marsh (keyboards); Glenn Worf, Hurch Hutchinson, Lee Sklar (bass); Abe Laboriel, Jr., Owen Hale, Jim Brock, Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Suzy Bogguss, Alison Krauss, Kim Richey, John Thompson, Wes Hightower (background vocals).

Producers: Kathy Mattea, Keith Stegall, Ben Wisch


THE INNOCENT YEARS, Kathy Mattea's 11th album, finds her in a contemplative mood. Recorded following a difficult year during which she watched her father battle cancer, the album's material reflects a desire to cut through to life's simple truths.


On the piano-driven title track, Mattea longs for the carefree days of childhood, while the melodic "Why Can't We" asks why people who have everything still feel unfulfilled. The lovely ballad "Prove That By Me," with harmonies by Graham Nash, concerns having faith in the power of love; both "Trust Me" (co-written with Steve Wariner), and "I Have Always Loved You," touch on similar themes. Highlights include "Callin' My Name," with a terrific string arrangement, and "That's the Deal," a tearjerker about a husband and wife's mutual devotion. These beautifully produced folk-country songs provide a perfect showcase for Mattea's warm, rich vocals, which convey the deepest emotion without showboating.

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