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John Lamb, Published October 05 2011

Weekend Watch: Kathy Mattea, Wynonna


Many artists talk about going back to their roots, but Kathy Mattea took it to heart on “Coal.” The singer/guitarist recorded songs that touched on her Appalachian heritage and addressed mining issues in classic songs like “Dark as a Dungeon” and “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” The singer will play “Coal” tracks and her own well-known hits, such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses” and “Where’ve You Been,” when she plays the Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $16 and $32. (218) 844-7469.

If Mattea isn’t a big enough country music star for you, drive north and catch Wynonna at the Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minn. The middle Judd plays the songs she made famous with her mom – “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why not Me” – and on her own – “Tell Me Why,” “To Be Loved by You” – at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Read more about Wynonna in Friday’s Variety section. (800) 313-7469.