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Chesney puts Berg in good mood

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – Matraca Berg may have Kenny Chesney to thank for her good spirits today. That's because he and Grace Potter turned You and Tequila into a hit and a Country Music Association nomination for Best Song for Berg and co-writer Deana Carter.

"You have a career... and you have your life... and you have the people who're in it," said Berg. "When my record company imploded, I found it easier to live and take care of people I knew who were struggling, but it never meant the music meant anything less to me... Indeed, maybe it made it mean more."

"And the more it meant, the higher the bar for making a record was set... But 'You & Tequila' was one of those songs, we knew was special right when we wrote it," Berg said. "I had a friend living in California, trying to sort out their life... and a couple more who loved things that were bad for them... and isn't that life?"

"So when Kenny decided to cut it... and he and (producer) Buddy (Cannon) did such a beautiful job on the tracks, it just felt like everything we were going for. Then Grace Potter came in, this total hippie rock chick who was so cool, and she got everything it was about, too. That's everything you can hope for..."

"CMA nominations, that's not something you hope for, you just dream and cross your fingers," said Berg.

The singer/songwriter recently released her own album, "The Dreaming Fields."

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The Fields CD review - The Fields
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Lying to the Moon And Other Stories
Though she hasn't logged a lot of air time on country radio as a singer, Matraca Berg is a familiar name to most of today's country singers. Berg is one of the most successful country songwriters of the 1990's, writing smashes like "The Wrong Side of Memphis," "Strawberry Wine" and "That Kind of Girl." Her latest CD is a re-issue of some of her best, but lesser-known, creations from previous albums, ranging from the tender title track and "Back When We Were Beautiful" to the more raucous and »»»
Sunday Morning to Saturday Night
Deana Carter built her career on two Matraca Berg-written singles, the CMA Single and Song of the Year "Strawberry Wine" and "We Danced Anyway," and now after two brilliant but unsuccessful albums on RCA, Berg has resurfaced on Rising Tide. With Emory Gordy Jr. producing, an all-star cast of musicians and singers performing, and Berg writing and singing every song, this album deserves to be a huge hit. "Good Ol' Girl" is a tribute to the truck-stop waitress who "serves up the biscuits and gravy »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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