I have to admit I’m a little embarrassed.
When I wrote about Kenny Chesney’s latest song – [easyazon-link asin=”B0043HFA1U”]You and Tequila[/easyazon-link] – I realized it was co-written by Deana Carter and Matraca Berg, but I had no idea Deana had previously recorded the song as her own. Today I realized that fact and had to write about Deana’s version from way back in 2003.
Listen to [easyazon-link asin=”B00138FOFE”]You and Tequila[/easyazon-link] by Deana Carter…
You and Tequila – Deana Carter
Way back in 2003 Deana Carter was on a new record label. She released the album [easyazon-link asin=”B0002IQP0Y”]I’m Just a Girl[/easyazon-link]. It turns out the song [easyazon-link asin=”B00138FOFE”]You and Tequila[/easyazon-link] was a track on that record.
Today everybody in the country world recognizes the song as Kenny Chesney’s latest single. Knowing Deana Carter co-wrote the song I wondered if she’d ever recorded her own version. I was shocked to learn she had not only recorded the track, but had released it on her album nearly 8 years ago.
How could I have missed this?
Deana’s version of the song is great as you probably expect. She has that raspy voice and puts all the emotion of strange love into the song. [easyazon-link asin=”B00138FOFE”]You and Tequila[/easyazon-link] is a great song on it’s own. It would succeed no matter who was singing the vocals. I like both versions for different reasons. Kenny’s comes from the perspective of the guy that can’t say no to a woman no matter how much the situation messes him up.
Deana sings the song from the perspective of the girl and how the same thing happens to her. Being with the guy messes her up, but she finds herself going back to him again and again. It makes her crazy.
It seems when new songs are released we look at the writers and assume they recently wrote the song. It seems to me like the process always works where a song is written, given to an artist, and immediately recorded. With this song we have an example of a star – Kenny Chesney – looking back 8 years and finding a song he liked.
In honor of Flashback Friday I thought we should give credit to Kenny Chesney for looking back in country history and finding a great song. And I’m glad Deana is getting some attention once again. She’s one of the all time best in country music and this song is just one more reason to love her.
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