She's perhaps best known for a huge number one hit she had in May of 1988. That's when Kathy Mattea topped the chart with 'Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses'.

The West Virginia native would go on to have several number one hits, including six consecutive albums that would be certified gold or platinum.

In other words, Kathy Mattea was one of country music's biggest stars beginning with her first Top 5 smash in 1986, 'Love At The Five And Dime'. But it was a Top Ten hit she had in 1989 that caused me to stop and listen. I mean, really listen.

For me, a truly great country music song moves you, maybe to laughter, maybe to tears. But it moves you. And my all time favorite Kathy Mattea song, 'Where've You Been' does exactly that. Perhaps its because I had both parents spend years in a nursing home, or maybe its just one of those songs that reaches across boundaries and into hearts.

So whatever happened to this great voice, this great country music artist?

Well, Kathy is still recording, still on the road singing great songs! According to her website, she and longtime friend, guitarist/arranger Bill Cooley do intimate shows that can and do feature all kinds of music, from old favorites to new song and most anything in between.  Plus she's scheduled in January 2016 to be part of a great country music cruise that will also feature artists like Kenny Rogers, Oak Ridge Boys, B.J. Thomas and others!

So yes, the mid 50's years young Kathy Mattea is still treating us to a beautiful voice and beautiful songs. And of course, be listening to AM 1000 KXRB and KXRB.com for all of Kathy's great classics!