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Kathy Mattea is my favorite female country artist. I prefer ballads to most of what is called country music today, and she is the ultimate 'balladeer'. Since moving to my present location, I've attended every Mattea concert in the area. My favorite concerts included a duet with Suzy Bogguss and a joint effort with the National Symphony Orchestra. She is a great entertainer, with plenty of energy, charisma, and charm - not to mention a wonderful voice.

Favorite Songs: Eighteen Wheels & A Dozen Roses, Where Have You Been, Love At The Five and Dime, A Few Good Things Remain, Walking Away a Winner, & many more.

Links: Kathy Mattea Home Page
Suzy Bogguss Home Page



Source: Alabama Greatest Hits II - BMG
There are few bands that have been as continually successful as Alabama. Their music sounds just as fresh and relevant today as it did in the early 80's.

Favorite Songs: Mountain Music, Feels So Right, Born Country, Dixieland Delight, High Cotton, Down Home

Links: Alabama Home Page



Source: Now That I Found You - Rounder
Alison Krauss and Union Station is an excellent country/blue grass crossover band. I've attended a couple of their concerts & thoroughly enjoyed myself. Alison has a great (if sometimes quirky) sense of humor. I love her incredible voice and musical arrangements.

Favorite Songs: When You Say Nothing At All, In The Palm of Your Hand, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Steel Rails

Links: Alison Krauss Website
Randy Travis has a penchant for the 'sad song', although he also has a number of good upbeat hits. He has a great voice & a flair for conveying emotion in his music.

Favorites: Forever and Ever Amen, Out of My Bones, Look Heart - No Hands, He Walked On Water

Links: Randy Travis Home Page



Source: You And You Alone - Dreamworks



Source: A Place In The World - Sony
I've been to a couple of Mary Chapin Carpenter's concerts. I enjoyed her somewhat sardonic sense of humor. Given one of her songs (I Feel Lucky), I've sometimes wondered what Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett's impression of her is. :)

Favorites: Something of a Dreamer, This Shirt, What If We Went To Italy, A Place In The World

Links: Mary Chapin Carpenter
Pam Tillis is the daughter of the well-known entertainer Mel Tillis. She has a soulful voice that is well utilized in her musical selections. Here is yet another performer that I wish would come to northern Va.

Favorites: Mandolin Rain, Its Lonely Out There, The River and the Highway, All of This Love, In Between Dances

Links: Pam Tillis Official Webpage



Source: Pam Tillis Greatest Hits - Arista



Source: Real Man - Capital
Billy Dean, if his songs are any indication, is a caring, decent person. His songs really hit home & to the heart. If you're looking for some good, clean, down-to-earth music, check out some of his albums.

Favorites: Real Man, Only Here For A Little While, Somewhere In My Broken Heart, Only The Wind, Billy The Kid, If There Hadn't Been You

Links: Billy Dean Web Page
Shania Twain, I'm sure, has brought many new fans to country. She has a dynamic stage presence, and presents a lot of energy in her concerts and videos. Although she seems to prefer 'rocking' songs, my favorites are her ballads. (I just wish she would do more. )

Favorites: Home Aint Where His Heart Is, You Win My Love, No One Needs To Know, From This Moment On, You've Got A Way

Links: Shania Twain Official Web Site



Source: The Woman In Me - Polygram



Source: Tanya Tucker Greatest Hits - Capital
Tanya Tucker is an excellent singer, and I've enjoyed the songs in her last few albums. They are more spiritual and family oriented than in the past. I haven't been fortunate enough to go to one of her shows, although I hope to some day.

Favorites: Strong Enough To Bend, I Won't Take Less Than Your Love, Soon, We Dont Have To Do This, Sparrows in a Hurricane, Little Things

Links: Tanya Tucker Official Web Site
Don Williams, I sometimes think of as the 'unknown' artist. Very few people know whom I'm talking about when I mention his name. It is also difficult to find his albums in stores, since they tend to get lost in the myriad of Hank Williams Jr CDs. He has a deep, rich voice that rivals any current country singer. The couple of times I've seen him on TV he seemed to be a very soft-spoken, likeable, humble person. I guess that's why he's called the gentle giant on his web page. I just purchased his 'Turn The Page' CD. It is an excellent collection of songs.

Favorites: You're My Best Friend, Lord I Hope This Day Is Good, If I Needed You, I'll Never Be In Love Again, I Sing For Joy

Links: Don Williams Official Web Site



Source: Especially For You - MCA