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How Deana Carter Recharged Her Career With “You & Tequila”

The Kenny Chesney hit she wrote with Matraca Berg gave her the music bug again.

photo courtesy Little Nugget Records

Deana Carter has bounced back to the writing and recording scene with her latest album, Southern Way of Life. She has released the first single from the album, “Do or Die,” with an accompanying music video that she directed.

As Deana notes in the July 28 issue of Country Weekly, she put more intense focus on her songwriting after the success of Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila,” which she wrote with Matraca Berg.

“It’s like I went from zero to 60 all of a sudden,” Deana says. “I was writing more and traveling more. So I had all these songs laying around and I thought that I needed to do something with them. We decided to put them on this record.”

Deana wrote several tunes for her acclaimed 1996 debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?, including the No. 1 single “How Do I Get There.” Her most famous hit, the award-winning “Strawberry Wine,” came from the team of Deana’s friend Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison. The song is still beloved by fans.

And for more on what Deana’s up to now, pick up the July 28 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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