Tanya Tucker
While I'm Livin
  Release date:  August 23, 2019 
  Fantasy Records 
  Producer: Brandi Carlile & Shooter Jennings

by Millie Voliva-Wiggs 

Sept 2019 —  The singer-songwriter has been performing since she was 13-years-old, as she splashed onto the country music scene in 1972 with her hit song “Delta Dawn.”

   Producer Billy Sherrill wanted to keep her age a secret but that would be short lived. The success of "Delta Dawn" landed Tanya Tucker on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. It bolted the Texas genius into superstardom. It remains her most recognizable song.

   A young Tanya was described as a rebel, 'Annie Oakley' type with a sultry deliverance. Truth is that description still fits the sassy iconic star today. Though her fashion may evolve over the years her music remains classic and bold. 

   With a career spanning four decades, the singer rightly deserves her place among country music greats in Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. Her fans continue to be amazed and impressed as she wows them with her new tell-all album and documentary.

   Its no secret that Tucker has lived a very complicated life and and she actually stopped recording for a long time. Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, had been trying to persuade Tucker to return to the studio, and he found an ally in three-time Grammy award winning artist Brandi Carlile. 

    17 years after the release of her last record, the pair convinces the 60-year-old living legend to return to the mic. By spring of this year, she began sharing plans for the new project.

  The result is a spectacular tell-all album titled WHILE I'M LIVIN'. The experience has pushed her forward with a renewed 

artistic vision — full of wisdom and wit.

   In conjunction with the new album, Carlile simultaneously produced a musical biography/documentary about the life of Tanya Tucker called "Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker."

   The singer released some footage from the upcoming documentary that shows the first time she met Carlile.

   In June, for the first time since 2002, Tanya Tucker shared the first single "The Wheels of Laredo," ahead of the full album's release.

 

   A light acoustic guitar accompanies her, while an organ plays quietly in the background with gospel choir-style harmonies. Written by Carlile and her longtime co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth, the trio wrote seven of the ten tracks on the album. The songs were written specifically for Tucker and included details and references to her childhood, her family and her overwhelming love of horses. 

   The albums first song,

"Mustang Ridge," she sings, "A woman's life ain't just a list of the worst things she has done/I leave you now with a heart of stone/Sometimes the past is hard

to outrun."

   The project also features a small selection of covers, the most eye-catching is Tucker's rendition of "The House That Built Me," — originally recorded by Miranda Lambert.

   Always challenged by the standards of how women in country music were supposed to look and act, Tucker continues to push the boundaries

   In fact, the project has created a

lot of buzz, not just for the music or the famous producers but the album’s cover featuring Tucker riding her horse in a Lone Ranger "Hi ho, Silver!Away!" position. 

   The endeavor also features a small selection of covers, the most eye-catching is Tucker's rendition of "The House That Built Me," — originally recorded by Miranda Lambert.

   Always challenged by the standards of how women in country music were supposed to look and act, Tucker continues to push the boundaries

of blazing a trail for other female artists.

In addition to "Delta Dawn," the singer garners 15 No. 1 hits including 41 top 10 hits, and 23 top 40 albums. Nominated nine times for a Grammy, the CMA and ACM winning artist was awarded the 2016 ACM Pioneer Award for her over 50 years of success in her longstanding notable career in country music.

... and the beat goes on.

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