It all starts with a low tremolo guitar, resonating and rumbling in a way that pulls at unspoken places. If Matraca Berg has made a name for herself, it's been for the gorgeous honesty she brings to longing, desire, survival and sometimes even fighting back. The Hall of Fame songwriter from Nashville, TN has deep Southern roots.
Matraca has served as a chartographer for the hills and valleys of women's souls, doubts, loves and sorrows for her whole life. It is how she earned her first #1 at 18 and GRAMMY nomination at 22. She teamed with Bobby Braddock to write "Faking Love" in 1983, which became a #1 for T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks. Since then, she has contributed material to various artists. Her credits list includes "Wild Angels" (Martina McBride), "Treasures" (Dolly Parton), "Nothin' But The Taillights" (Clint Black), "Last One To Know" (Reba McEntire), "XXX's & OOO's" (Trisha Yearwood), "Days Go By" (Keith Urban), "All Jacked Up" (Gretchen Wilson), and many more.
During this time, Matraca began recording her own compositions, and issued her debut album, Lying to the Moon on RCA in 1990. Three more albums followed, never veering from a very successful songwriting career throughout the years. That emotional transparency can be heard all over her current album, The Dreaming Fields, which she wrote or co-wrote every track. The album features her version of "You and Tequila," (performed by Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter), among others.
The Dreaming Fields