Maybe it’s Kathy’s lifelong quest to find songs that move the soul. Maybe it’s the “Mountain Stage Effect”: collaborating and commiserating with a wide spectrum of musical artists on a weekly basis. Maybe it’s Fred’s first solo recording in 12 years.
No matter the reason, the happy result is a slate of pop-up jam session nights at the venerable Station Inn featuring old and new friends taking turns on old and new songs, billed as “Kathy Mattea, Fred Carpenter & Friends”. We can count on Kathy to bring songs that you need to hear, and Fred to showcase his fiddle, mandolin, and vocal chops in ways that are long overdue, and First Friend Eric Frey to lay down a solid foundation. After that? Anything can happen on any song with any members of Nashville’s illustrious music community adding their “special sauce” to the mix. Come see for yourself!
Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nash- ville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed much success and acclaim during her 35-year career in Country, Bluegrass and Folk mu- sic, including 2 Grammy wins, 4 CMA Awards, 4 #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum Greatest Hits collection). Her latest al- bum is “Pretty Bird”, produced by her old friend, roots music wizard Tim O’Brien. The wide-ranging collection of songs chronicles a period of rededi- cation to singing, digging back in with a vocal coach and emerging with a poignant and eclectic CD. In addition to creating and record- ing music and performing live on tour, Kathy is in- creasingly involved with public broadcasting, consulting and contributing on screen in Ken Burns’ 2019 documentary for PBS “Country Music”, and recently replacing founder Larry Groce as the host of the long-running NPR show “Mountain Stage”.
Fred Carpenter started in music with 10 years of classical violin, switched to fiddling at age 17, and recorded his 1st solo fiddle album w/ Mark O’Connor at age 20. In 1982, he joined the Tony Rice Unit, touring for several years and recording 2 albums. Fred has called Nashville home for 30 years, and during that time has toured with several artists including Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Suzy Bogguss, Paul Overstreet, and of course, Kathy Mattea! In 1988, Fred also started a small Violin Shop in Nashville, offering instrument repair, restoration, sales, rentals, and in general, all things fiddle!! Now celebrating 30 years, The Violin Shop has become the place to go for fiddlers everywhere.
Fred has toured with Kathy whenever possible over the last 12 years in several configurations, including the 7-piece band, the Christmas tour, concerts w/ Symphony Orchestras, and as a quartet…or 2…. or 3!