First off, a reminder: There is still
a week to go on my Big Fat
Speaker Giveaway! And now, on to
this weeks blog! This week I want to
turn you on to one of the greatest singers and songwriters you may just
possibly have never heard of, Matraca Berg.
I first met Matraca at the Bluebird Café in Nashville
when she and I were both just barely in our twenties; the difference was that
she had already had her first #1 hit, and I was fresh off the Iowa turnip truck and green as it gets! I wanta tell you a little more about Matraca,
and share a cool link to her music, so read on!
First off, if you are not familiar with Matraca, check out
this link to her new album, and some cool videos, too.
I arrived in Nashville
in 1985, and soon began a stint as the soundman at the Bluebird Café, a
relationship that was to last, in one way or another, for a couple of
decades! Matraca was one of the first
singer/songwriters I worked with at the bluebird. This was to be my
introduction to the Nashville
music scene ... and just how high the bar was!
This girl had it all: she was
flat-out gorgeous, sang her cute little butt off, and man, oh man, could she
write songs! It was clear, I wasn’t in Iowa (or Minnesota)
any more! I spent many a star-struck
night at the soundboard as Matraca wove her musical magic at "the Bird". I learned a lot about what it meant to truly
be a top-level performing singer/songwriter through watching her do her thing.
A few years later, I was taught another music-city lesson through
Matraca. She was, naturally, offered a
record deal ... after all she had the whole package! That record, however, was not a hit. It was pale, hollow, and lifeless compared to
the real in-person Matraca Berg. That
was one of my first lessons in just how bad an artist can be made to sound
when the wrong producer takes them down the wrong musical path. The major labels bestowed similar fates upon
many friends of mine through the years.
Because of this, I think I became very astute at what NOT to do when
fate drops a very talented artist in your hands to "produce" a record on. Some of life’s most positive lessons begin in
a negative way.
At any rate, Matraca is probably better off having NOT became a big
recording star. I’m fairly sure she has a
better life because of it. As a matter
of fact, she has been able to continue on for all these years doing just what she
loves, writing songs and performing them for people who care about the music, and who she cares about. Cool, huh?
I’ll end on that note with a link
to Seth Godin’s blog, check it out (it's awesome)!
See ya next time!