4/24/2020 by Melinda Newman
Joe & Martina are looking to do a little time travel in their video for “Give Me Back the ‘90s,” and they’ve got company. Joe and Martina Costa, who have opened for such acts as Blake Shelton, Jake Owen and Jon Pardi, as well as wrote “Don’t Tempt Me” for Luke Combs’ This One’s for You album, are joined by ’90s sensation John Berry in the clip, which was shot outside longtime Music City landmark Nashville Palace.
The song and video references other memorable artists who first hit in the ‘90s (check out Joe’s T-shirt). “Martina and I are hard-core country music fans first and foremost, so intentionally nodding our hats to George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna and, of course, John Berry was nothing but an act of love for some of the artists who truly shaped us as musicians and established our life soundtrack,” Joe Costa tells Billboard.
“I had a poster of John Berry on my wall as a kid, so having John in our own home to record, sharing his talent and soul, was an absolute honor and dream come true,” Martina Costa says.
Berry shows up a little more than two-thirds of the way through the video, looking like he hasn’t aged a bit in the last few decades. Appearing in the song and the video was a joy for Berry. “From the very outset I could tell Joe & Martina had something special to offer country music,” he says. “In writing their own songs they are able to convey their unique style and personalities in a way that keeps the music true to who they are — a young married couple working together for their musical dream.”