Friday December 11, 2009
9513, a popular country music blog, has released a list of their Top 10 Country Records of the Decade. The list, which varies from blue grass to pop country, took three months, 10 voters and 300 nominated albums to create. Among them is singer and activist Kathy Mattea’s COAL, a collection of mining songs that reflect on life in Appalachia and her ties to coal mining history. Juli Thanki says “Mattea’s never sounded better; her version of Darrell Scott’s modern classic ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’ is simply breathtaking, and ‘Green Rolling Hills,’ where she’s joined by Tim and Mollie O’Brien, is enough to make a listener homesick for West Virginia no matter his or her home state…Coal is bleak, but it’s also as beautiful and timeless as the mountains themselves.”
To see the whole review and full list, click here .