Since 1981, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is — and is not. Leading his five-piece, highly skilled and well-traveled Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7,500 concerts, toured millions of miles to more than 45 countries during their eventful career.
Kathy Mattea, The Acoustic Living Room featuring Bill Cooley
Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. She didn’t play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits — 16 of them reaching the top 10 — and she’s not about to start now.
There just isn’t a template for a career like Kathy Mattea’s. Her mainstream accomplishments have already earned her a place in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, and, never one to tread water creatively, she’s recently made her gracefully daring leap into the roots-honoring traditional folk world.