Matraca Berg

Induction Year: 2008

Birth Name: Matraca Berg
Birth Date: February 03, 1964
Place of Birth: Nashville, TN
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Matraca Berg had her first No. 1 record as a songwriter at age 18. That first hit was "Faking Love," as sung by T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks. In the years since, Berg's songs have practically become the soundtrack of contemporary Nashville. Reba McEntire's "The Last One to Know" (1987), Patty Loveless' "I'm That Kind of Girl"(1991), Trisha Yearwood's "Wrong Side of Memphis" (1992), Martina McBride's "Wild Angels "(1996), the Dixie Chicks' "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me" (2001) and more than 50 other recordings of her songs have made her one of the most recorded composers in Music City.

Matraca's songs have been sung by Randy Travis, Faith Hill, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Keith Urban, Dusty Springfield, Clint Black, Loretta Lynn and dozens of others. Her cowritten "Strawberry Wine," as performed by Deana Carter, was named the Country Music Association's Song of the Year in 1997. As if to top it all off, Gretchen Wilson's recording of Matraca's and Jim Collins' "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" received a 2007 Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.

In addition, the songwriter issued three CDs in 1990-97, plus a 1999 compilation, that have brought her wide acclaim as a performer. She and fellow Nashville songwriter Marshall Chapman provided the songs for the 2000 theatrical production Good Ol' Girls, which continues to be staged by regional repertory companies. As a backup vocalist she has recorded with Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young and many others. She appeared in the 1987 motion picture Made In Heaven and on the soundtrack of 1993's The Thing Called Love. And in 2004, she added "producer" to her list of accomplishments by guiding the disc debut of Sony newcomer Christy Sutherland.

"Making records has done more for my career than anything, I think," says Matraca. "It raised my profile as a writer like nothing else. It was because of my records that Trisha and Martina and Faith and everyone recorded my songs."

Matraca is in the studio once again, this time with producer Doug Lancio, known for his gorgeous, textured production of albums for Patty Griffin and Gretchen Peters among others. They'll be working together throughout the rest of the year to create an album that is fully representative of Matraca's artistic vision.


Discography / Career Highlights

Career Milestones and Awards:

2011, 2012 - Kenny Chesney‘s duet with Grace Potter “You and Tequila,” is certified platinum.
The song is also responsible for multiple ACM nods including Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year, as well as two Grammy’s for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song.

2008 Inductee - Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

2007 - Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today", recorded by Gretchen Wilson

2004, 2005, 2008 - Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee

2003 - IBMA AwardRecorded Event of the Year for "Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III" with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others

1997 - Top 10 Album of the Year (Sunday Morning to Saturday Night) in TIME, People, Entertainment Weekly, Tower Pulse, Mojo, Nashville Scene, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune

1997 - Nashville Songwriter's Association International Awards - Song of the Year, "Strawberry Wine"

1997 - Nashville Music Awards, Song of the Year, "Strawberry Wine"

1997 - Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song - "Strawberry Wine", recorded by Deana Carter

1997 - Country Music Radio Awards Nominee for Song of The Year (Writer's Award), "Strawberry Wine"

1997 - Country Music Radio Awards Nominee for Song of The Year (Writer's Award), "Strawberry Wine" (with Gary Harrison)

1997 - Country Music Association (CMA) Song of the Year for "Strawberry Wine"

1997 ACM Awards Best Country Song Nominee (with "Strawberry Wine", co-written with Gary Harrison)

1991 - NSAI Songwriter Achievement Awards - Country - "I'm That Kind of Girl"

1990 - Academy of Country Music Top New Female Vocalist Nominee

BMI Music Award for "If I Fall, You're Going Down With Me", recorded by the Dixie Chicks

BMI Million-Air Awards for "Wild Angels", "Wrong Side of Memphis", "XXXs and OOOs", "You Can Feel Bad", "Hey Cinderella", "I'm That Kind of Girl", "The Last One To Know", "Strawberry Wine"

11 #1 hits

Catalog Highlights:


Lying To The Moon (RCA - 1990)
Bittersweet Surrender (RCA - 1991)
Sunday Morning To Saturday Night (Rising Tide - 1997)
Lying To The Moon & Other Stories (RCA - 1999)

Cut List

* "Faking Love" 1983 (#1, T.G. Sheppard & Karen Brooks)
* "Last One to Know" 1987 (#1, Reba McEntire)
"Lonesome Town" 1988 (Tanya Tucker)
"Just Enough Love" 1988 (Ray Price)
"Baby's Blue Eyes" 1988 (Marie Osmond)
"You Love Me" 1988 (The Forester Sisters)
"Bad Love Blues" 1988 (Tom Wopat)
"Somewhere Between Gone and Goodbye" 1988 (Highway 101)
"If Love Had a Heart" 1989 (Highway 101)
"Mining for Coal" 1989 (Randy Travis)
* "As Far As Lonely Goes" 1990 (Michelle Wright)
* "Como Se Dice (I Love You)" 1990 (Sweethearts of the Rodeo)
* "Baby Walk On" 1990 (top-40, Matraca Berg)
* "Things You Left Undone" 1990 (top-40, Matraca Berg)
* "Dancin' on the Wire" 1990 (Matraca Berg)
* "I Got it Bad" 1991 (Matraca Berg)
* "Calico Plains" 1991 (Matraca Berg)
* "I Must Have Been Crazy" 1991 (Matraca Berg)
* "Alice in the Looking Glass" 1991 (Matraca Berg)
* "It's Easy to Tell" 1991(Matraca Berg)
* "I'm That Kind of Girl" 1991 (#1, Patty Loveless)
"Eat at Joe's" 1992 (Suzy Bogguss)
"Little Angel" 1992 (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
"Don't Underestimate Love" 1992 (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Suzy Bogguss)
* "Wrong Side of Memphis" 1992 (#1, Trisha Yearwood)
"Lying to the Moon" 1993 (Trisha Yearwood)
"Lying to the Moon" 1993 (Robin Williams)
"Lying to the Moon" 1993 (Matraca Berg)
"Slow Poison" 1993 (Matraca Berg)
"Tall Drink of Water" 1993 (Matraca Berg)
"Diamonds and Tears" 1993 (Matraca Berg)
"Diamonds and Tears" 1993 (Suzy Bogguss)
* "XXX's and OOO's" 1994 (#1, Trisha Yearwood)
* "Hey Cinderella" 1994 (#1, Suzy Bogguss)
"Wrong Side of Memphis" 1994 (John Berry)
"Girls Like Me" 1994 (Tanya Tucker)
"Somebody's Leavin'" 1994 (Patricia Conroy)
"Home in Your Arms" 1994 (Patricia Conroy)
* "Calico Plains" 1995 (Pam Tillis)
"Walk On" 1995 (Linda Ronstadt)
"You Are the Storm" 1995 (Dusty Springfield)
* "Cry on the Shoulder of the Road" 1995 (top-30, Martina McBride)
* "Wild Angels" 1996 (#1, Martina McBride)
* "You Can Feel Bad" 1996 (#1, Patty Loveless)
"Under the Rainbow" 1996 (Trisha Yearwood)
"I'm Listening" 1996 (Stephanie Bentley)
* "Give Me Some Wheels" 1996 (Suzy Bogguss)
* "Strawberry Wine" 1996 (#1, Deana Carter)
* "We Danced Anyway" 1997 (#1, Deana Carter)
* "Everybody Knows" 1997 (#1, Trisha Yearwood)
* "That Train Don't Run" 1997 (Matraca Berg)
* "Here You Come Raining on Me" 1997 (Matraca Berg)
"Back When We Were Beautiful" 1997 (Matraca Berg)
"Emma Jean's Guitar" 1997 (Chely Wright)
* "Still Holding On" 1997 (#5, Clint Black & Martina McBride)
* "Back in the Saddle" 1998 (Matraca Berg)
* "Some People Fall, Some People Fly" 1998 (Matraca Berg)
"You're So Cool" 1998 (Patty Loveless)
"My Heart Will Never Break This Way Again" 1998 (Patty Loveless)
"You Give Me Love" 1998 (Faith Hill)
"Somebody to Love" 1998 (Suzy Bogguss)
"Ruby Brown" 1998 (Deana Carter)
"Dickson County" 1998 (Deana Carter)
"Anything's Better Than Feelin' the Blues" 1999 (Martina McBride)
* "Fool I'm a Woman" 1999 (top-40, Sara Evans)
* "All I Want Is Everything" 1999 (Mindy McCready)
"Working Girl" 2000 (Loretta Lynn)
"Still Alive" 2000 (Trisha Yearwood)
"Come Back When It Ain't Rainin'" 2000 (Trisha Yearwood)
"When a Love Song Sings the Blues" 2000 (Trisha Yearwood)
"For a While" 2001 (Trisha Yearwood)
* "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me" 2001 (#3, Dixie Chicks)
* "You're Still Here" 2003 (top-30, Faith Hill)
* "On Your Way Home" 2003 (top-30, Patty Loveless)
"You and Tequila" 2003 (Deana Carter)
"Goodbye Train" 2003 (Deana Carter)
"Working Girl" 2003 (Terri Clark)
"The Girls Are Alright" 2004 (Christy Sutherland)
"Down to the Levee" 2004 (Christy Sutherland)
"Jealous Moon" 2004 (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
"It's a New Day" 2004 (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
"Nobody Drinks Alone" 2004 (Keith Urban)
"I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" 2005 (top 20 -Gretchen Wilson)
"In the Broken Place" 2005 (Faith Hill)
"Crazy By Myself" 2006 (Pam Tillis)
"Finders Keepers" 2006 (Pat Green)
"Nashville Girls" 2007 (Terri Clark)
"They Call It Falling For A Reason" 2007 (Trisha Yearwood)
"The Dreaming Fields" 2007 (Trisha Yearwood)
"You and Tequila" 2011 (Kenny Chesney)

*= singles & b-sides

Appearances on other Albums

Arno: Give Me The Gift
Carolyn Dawn Johnson: Room with a View
Chely Wright: Let Me In
Chris Knight: The Jealous Kind
Cowboy Jack Clement: Guess Things Happen That Way
Deana Carter: Everything's Gonna Be Alright; I'm Just A Girl
Dolly Parton: Treasures
Hootie & the Blowfish: Looking for Lucky
Kim Carnes: Chasin' Wild Trains
Kris Kristofferson: Austin Sessions
Lauren Braddock: Lauren Braddock
Loretta Lynn: Still Country
Marcus Hummon: All In Good Time
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band : Bang Bang Bang; Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume III
Patty Loveless: On Down The Line; Strong Heart
Randy Scruggs: Crown of Jewels
Randy Travis: No Holdin' Back
Suzy Bogguss: Nobody Love Nobody Gets Hurt; Something Up My Sleeve
The Cactus Brothers: 24 Hours, Seven Days A Week
Various Artists: The Thing Called Love
Various Artists: Naked Nashville
Voices for Hospice: Friends For Life 1996

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