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Featuring Kathy Mattea, Kathleen Edwards, Kim Richey, Shovels and Rope, Bonnie Bishop
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m.
TICKETS:SOLD OUT (A few tickets are sometimes released at show time, though this is not a guarantee that any tickets will be available. If so, the at-the-door price is $25)
INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kathy Mattea said she doesn't have much interest in watching MTV's "Buckwild," even though it's a television show featuring people from her home state.
The Cross Lanes native and Grammy winner said, "That stuff with reality shows, to me, that's a cultural phenomenon. Everybody wants to be famous -- no matter what. Everybody wants to be special and everybody wants their special-ness to be seen. Because of that, it can be exploited on television.
"There's a certain sadness to me in that, but that's a part of the culture I don't want to put any energy into."
Instead, Mattea wants to pour her energy into more positive things that support the culture -- like her return appearance for Sunday's "Mountain Stage," which has been sold-out since December.
Mattea is a familiar face on the recorded live radio program. In fact, she's not entirely sure how many times she's been on the program, but the crew gave her a "Mountain Stage" coat one of the last times she was on the show.
"It's the warmest thing I own," she bragged.
The singer acknowledged that she's been on the show a lot, but probably doesn't hold the title for the most visits by a guest. She doesn't even think she's the West Virginian who's been a guest on the show the most times.
That, probably, belongs to Tim O'Brien, she said.
"Tim will always be slightly ahead of me," she said. "But we were neck and neck there for a while."
Mattea supports the show, which she sees as positive for West Virginia and for Appalachia.
Last fall, Mattea released "Calling Me Home," a follow-up to her well-received 2008 record, "Coal."