Deana Carter, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde and More Release New Version of ‘Strawberry Wine’

by Courtney Blackann
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After celebrating the 25th anniversary of Deanna Carter’s album “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” and the smash hit “Strawberry Wine,” two new versions of the love song will be released. These will feature fellow country artists Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde plus others. Country veterans Sara Evans and Terri Clark will also collaborate.

When Carter released the album, it was an immediate hit. Carter reflected on that time in her life saying she was writing what she knew – and all the emotions that go along with transitioning into an adult.

“That whole record was really about longing for innocence again, even though I was young,” Carter says, per The Tennessean. “You’re mature enough to understand that (growing up) is painful sometimes. And all of your firsts, there are great elements to that. There also some hard elements to that. That’s why I wanted to title the album, ‘Did I Shave My Legs for This,’ to keep a light (mood).… And even within that song, it’s about not getting exactly what you want out of a situation. But you just you make the best of it, and you learn and grow from it.

The love song “Strawberry Wine” is one of the most recognizable to this day. It’s influenced so many young artists who are just beginning to blossom as songwriters. The track’s nostalgia is felt all through the melodic tune. There’s intense emotionality in the lyrics like “I was caught somewhere between a woman and a child. When one restless summer we found love growing wild. On the banks of the river on a well beaten path. It’s funny how those memories they last.”

Deanna Carter on Remaining an Honest Songwriter

Further, Carter explains that the album and the feature track were extremely important to her. It was more about staying true to herself than anything else.

“I was not going to sing anything that didn’t feel as real to me as my own experience,” she explains. “It was unbelievable how spot-on that song was for me — and just the way God worked it out. It was meant for me to sing that song because it was my truth. And it’s turned out to be millions of peoples’ truth, too.”

Additionally, “Strawberry Wine” picked up some awards when it hit the airwaves in 1997. Earning a CMA for Single of the Year, Carter looks back fondly on the memories that go along with creating its lyrics. The 55-year-old still writes and performs music. And coming full circle, she’s raising a 17-year-old herself.

“And I’m so thankful that I never quit. I’ve always been working, and it may not have been out in the forefront as it once was, but I’ve just continued to put one foot in front of the other. I keep doing shows, keep writing, producing, doing films and TV, going back to the road…” she says.

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