Okay, I've actually met her, and only recently found out that she's a Grammy winning country singer. Yes, I am dumb. However, I know her voice is good, but I haven't heard one of her songs. Is there anybody out there who knows her stuff? What should album should I pick up, or what individual songs should I download?
"You gotta hate somebody before this is over. Them, me, it doesn't matter."
"Hate, who do I hate? You tell me."
"Who do you love?"
-Wintermute to Case in William Gibson's Neuromancer
As I'm not a big Kathy Mattea fan myself, there's not much I can give you in the way of personal recommendations. IMHO her best single was "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses", while her best overall album (again, IMHO) was 1994's Walking Away a Winner. For more info on Ms. Mattea I would direct you to her official web site (which you can access if you Click Here). I would also suggest you check out her page at Amazon.com (Click Here to go there). The Amazon.com site has a couple of free downloads along with her discography and a selection of thirty-second clips of many of her songs (not to mention a few customer reviews to help guide you in your selection; just click on "All albums by this artist" and then click on the individual album titles for clips and reviews, and yes, I am that old that I still call them albums and not CD's). Hope this helps.
Personally, since I think the originals are masterpieces in the history of time and sound, I'd say the alternate takes are more interesting for their historical value, like an archaeological dig into BD's most famous period.