Walk the Way the Wind Blows


Walk The Way The Wind Blows

Polygram - 1986




Walk the Way the Wind Blows
Train of Memories
Reason to Live
Leaving West Virginia
Love at the Five & Dime
You Plant Your Fields
Back Up Grinnin' Again
You're the Power
Song For the Life



Liner Notes


1986's WALK THE WAY THE WIND BLOWS was Kathy Mattea's breakthrough album, and while it paved the way for Mattea's later more pop-oriented projects, it remains one of her rootsiest and most satisfying efforts.


Surrounded by zesty acoustic arrangements, Kathy Mattea finds a commercial niche on her third album; both the title cut and her perky version of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime" cracked the top 10. Supported by an all-star bluegrass lineup including New Grass Revival members Pat Flynn and Bela Fleck, plus Buddy Spicher and Tim O'Brien, Mattea convincingly suggests the literate, earnest ethos of the singer-songwriter with material like "Train of Memories." Yet, she still somehow preserves a sensual, rural identity elsewhere, especially on the ode to home, "Leaving West Virginia," one of her richest vocal takes.
~ Roy Francis Kasten