When she recorded the album in the 90s, her life experience was limited. Carter had a boyfriend of 14 to 22, and she was working every job she could to pay off her college loans. She channeled that passion into her songwriting and refused to consider any song that didn’t feel as authentic as the ones she had already written. When Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison wrote “Strawberry Wine”, Carter felt they had torn a page out of his diary.
“They just nailed my life on the head,” she says. “It was amazing how right they were, and just the way God made it. It was for me to sing that song because it was my truth. And it turned out to be also the truth of millions of people.
Just like she did with the two multi-artist remakes on “Did I Shave My Legs For This? (25th Anniversary Edition), producing was part of Carter’s plan from the earliest days of his career. She grew up in the recording studio with her father, famed session guitarist Fred Carter, Jr., and the studio felt like a second home. When Jimmy Bowen signed Carter to Capitol Records Nashville in the early ’90s as a development artist, he promised she could produce. Bowen let Carter co-produce the original version of “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” before the artists received production credits on the album. Bowen asked her to keep a notebook, hand her over to union contracts and have her do “the groundwork,” she said. She worked alongside David Campbell for the string parts on the ballads and was “there for every note”, she said. In the end, Bowen paid her for her work.
Behind the scenes of Deana Carter’s Strawberry Wine (2021 release) music video; UMG (on behalf of CMCapNash (N91)); UMPG Publishing, Polaris Hub AB, Sony ATV Publishing, BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., CMRRA and 2 music rights companies