Walk the Way the Wind Blows

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Walk the Way the Wind Blows
Studio album by Kathy Mattea
Released March 20, 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Country
Length 34:31
Label Mercury
Producer Allen Reynolds
Kathy Mattea chronology
From My Heart
Walk the Way the Wind Blows
Untasted Honey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[2]

Walk the Way the Wind Blows is the third album released by American country music singer Kathy Mattea. It was released in 1986 (see 1986 in country music) on Mercury Records. This album produced Mattea's first Top Ten country hit in "Love at the Five and Dime", which reached #3 on the Billboard country charts. Following this song were three more Top Ten hits: the title track at #10, "You're the Power" at #5, and "Train of Memories" at #6.

"Love at the Five and Dime", which features backing vocals from Don Williams, was also recorded by Nanci Griffith on her 1986 album The Last of the True Believers. "Song for the Life" has been covered by several artists, and was originally recorded by Rodney Crowell on his 1977 debut Ain't Livin' Long Like This. This song would later be released in 1995 as a single by Alan Jackson.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walk the Way the Wind Blows" (Tim O'Brien) – 3:43
  2. "Train of Memories" (Andy Byrd, Jimbeau Hinson) – 2:48
  3. "Reason to Live" (Joanne Christy, Johnny Pierce, Geoff Levin) – 3:21
  4. "Evenin'" (Mitchell Parish, Harry White) – 3:34
  5. "Leaving West Virginia" (Kathy Mattea) – 3:43
  6. "Love at the Five and Dime" (Nanci Griffith) – 3:36
  7. "You Plant Your Fields" (Wendy Waldman, Donny Lowery) – 3:08
  8. "Back Up Grinnin' Again" (David Goodman) – 3:02
  9. "You're the Power" (Craig Bickhardt, F.C. Collins) – 3:02
  10. "Song for the Life" (Rodney Crowell) – 3:59


Production notes

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 13