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TANYA TUCKER


BIO:
Tanya Tucker was born Oct. 10, 1958, in Seminole, Texas. Her father, Beau, a construction worker, and her mother, Juanita, encouraged her fledgling musical talents. Her early years were spent in Wilcox, Ariz., before moving to Phoenix in 1967. Her father booked her to perform with visiting country stars on stage at local fairs. Never one to consider that some songs might be too old for her, she was singing Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough” before she was 13. The family moved to St. George, Utah, and her mother impressed the producer of the Robert Redford movie Jeremiah Johnson, which led to Tucker (and her horse) being featured. To further their daughter’s career, they moved to Las Vegas, where Beau financed a demo tape. In 1972, producer Billy Sherrill signed Tucker to Columbia Records in Nashville although she disliked his choice of song — “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.,” later a hit for Donna Fargo. Subsequently, she first reached the Top 10 with “Delta Dawn,” followed by the double-sided “Jamestown Ferry”/”Love’s the Answer” and the No. 1 hit, “What’s Your Mama’s Name?” Though it referred to a Georgia sunset, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down” was about a daughter watching her father kill her cheating mother, while “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)” was an adult love song, written by David Allen Coe for his brother’s wedding. The young Tucker quickly became a country star, was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and through 200 appearances a year, developed a powerful, if precocious, stage presence. Moving to MCA on her 16th birthday, she was determined to make records that were in keeping with the sophisticated country rock of the Eagles, and she topped the country charts with “Lizzie and the Rainman,” “San Antonio Stroll” and “Here’s Some Love.” In 1978, she wrote and recorded “Save Me,” an ecologically inspired single about seal culls on Canada’s Magdalen Islands. The provocative cover picture of 1978?s TNT album caused controversy because it certainly represented a different approach for a country star. She was booed on the Grand Ole Opry for performing raucous rock ‘n’ roll. Tear Me Apart was made with the producer-of-the-moment, Mike Chapman, and included a hoarse segue of “San Francisco” with “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Neither album sold as well as expected, but Tucker found herself in gossip columns as a result of her stormy relationship with Glen Campbell. She commented: “Men are supposed to slow down after 40, but it’s the opposite with Glen.” Their duets included a low-charting revival of Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover,” but the dream was over amidst allegations of physical abuse. As fate would have it, Tucker and Campbell were to find themselves on the same label, Capitol Records, and Tucker’s career was revitalized with 1986?s Girls Like Me, an album that spawned four Top 10 country singles. In 1988, she had three No. 1 country singles: “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” (with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet), “If It Don’t Come Easy” and “Strong Enough to Bend.” It was also the year in which she entered the Betty Ford clinic for cocaine and alcohol addiction. After many years in country music, her contributions were finally rewarded when the Country Music Association voted her the female vocalist in 1991, though she missed the event, having just given birth to her second child. Eight consecutive singles reached the Top 10 in the early 1990s, including “Down to My Last Teardrop,” “(Without You) What Do I Do With Me” and “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane.” She published the autobiography Nickel Dreams in 1996 and released the album Complicated in 1997. After parting with Capitol Records, she issued the album Tanya on her own label in 2002.

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VIDEO: Brandi Carlile Performs 'This Time Tomorrow' on THE LATE SHOW Photo VIDEO: Brandi Carlile Performs 'This Time Tomorrow' on THE LATE SHOW
by Michael Major - November 09, 2021

Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, producer and New York Times Best Selling author Brandi Carlile returned to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last night to debut her new song, “This Time Tomorrow,” and speak with the host. Carlile also performed a version of Joni Mitch...
VIDEO: Brandi Carlile Makes SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Debut Photo VIDEO: Brandi Carlile Makes SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Debut
by Michael Major - October 25, 2021

Brandi Carlile made her debut as the musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend with host Jason Sudeikis performing “Broken Horses” and “Right On Time.” Watch the performances now! Plus, check out Carlile's newly-confirmed tour dates....
Brandi Carlile Releases New Album 'In These Silent Days' Photo Brandi Carlile Releases New Album 'In These Silent Days'
by Michael Major - October 01, 2021

Inspired by the mining of her own history while writing this year’s #1 New York Times Best Selling memoir, Broken Horses (Crown), 'In These Silent Days' was conceived of while Carlile was quarantined at home with longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. ...
Brandi Carlile Releases 'Right On Time (In Symphony)' Photo Brandi Carlile Releases 'Right On Time (In Symphony)'
by Michael Major - September 24, 2021

Carlile, who will make her debut as the musical guest on NBC’s 'Saturday Night Live' on October 23 with host Jason Sudeikis and who was named Artist of the Year at the 2021 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards earlier this week....
RuPaul and Tanya Tucker Team Up For New Duet 'This Is Our Country' Photo RuPaul and Tanya Tucker Team Up For New Duet 'This Is Our Country'
by Michael Major - September 10, 2021

RuPaul and Tanya join forces from seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum for an impactful new anthem celebrating love, self-empowerment and unity, when division in our country has hit an all-time high....
Tanya Tucker Appears on New Episode of RuPaul's ALL STARS 6 Photo Tanya Tucker Appears on New Episode of RuPaul's ALL STARS 6
by Michael Major - September 02, 2021

During the episode featuring Tanya, the Top 4 are challenged to write lyrics for a new song titled “This Is Our Country,” which will include a duet version with Tanya and Ru available everywhere Sept. 9....
Brandi Carlile Releases Acoustic Version of 'Right On Time' Photo Brandi Carlile Releases Acoustic Version of 'Right On Time'
by Michael Major - August 27, 2021

Brandi Carlile has released an acoustic version of her new single, 'Right On Time', featuring the Hanseroth twins on harmonies. The track is featured on her upcoming, highly-anticipated album 'In These Silent Days'....
Brandi Carlile's New Album 'In These Silent Days' Out October 1 Photo Brandi Carlile's New Album 'In These Silent Days' Out October 1
by Sarah Jae Leiber - July 21, 2021

Carlile will perform select headline shows this year including an upcoming concert at NYC’s Forest Hills Stadium this Friday as well as landmark summer shows at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre on August 14 and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre with the Colorado Symphony on September 11 and 12....
Birdtalker Sign With Sawyer & Garner Management and AntiFragile Music Photo Birdtalker Sign With Sawyer & Garner Management and AntiFragile Music
by TV News Desk - June 29, 2021

Founded in 2017 by Jerilyn Sawyer (US) and James Garner (UK), Sawyer & Garner bring to the table a highly sought-after ability to produce results in today’s ever-changing music industry....
Banger Films' THIS IS POP, Eight-Part Series Streaming NOW on Netflix Photo Banger Films' THIS IS POP, Eight-Part Series Streaming NOW on Netflix
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 22, 2021

The producers and directors of THIS IS POP aim to shine a light on racism, sexism, classism, queer politics and social injustice while also celebrating the levity and joy for which pop music has long been known....
Brandi Carlile's 'Girls Just Wanna Weekend' Returns to Riviera Maya, Mexico February Photo Brandi Carlile's 'Girls Just Wanna Weekend' Returns to Riviera Maya, Mexico February 1-5
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 17, 2021

The event will include performances by Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls, Lucius, Margo Price, Yola,KT Tunstall, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah and Katie Pruitt as well as special guests....
Tanya Tucker Announces 2021 Tour Dates Photo Tanya Tucker Announces 2021 Tour Dates
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 02, 2021

Tanya, whose recent relaunch saw her rekindle her passionate fan base while winning two GRAMMY® Awards for her Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings produced While I’m Livin’  album, and release Tanya Tucker - Live From The Troubadour in 2020, is eager to reconnect with her fans after a year off the r...
Penfriend Releases Debut Album 'Exotic Monsters' Photo Penfriend Releases Debut Album 'Exotic Monsters'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 21, 2021

Drawing more from her wide-ranging reading list than her favourite bands, Laura deals with the gruelling emotional matters of 21st-century life with honesty, grace and warmth, referencing Ursula Le Guin, Barbara Kingsolver, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood and Mark Westmoquette along the way....
Banger Films Announces THIS IS POP, Eight-Part Series Streaming on Netflix Photo Banger Films Announces THIS IS POP, Eight-Part Series Streaming on Netflix
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 19, 2021

The series features exclusive interviews with the artists, producers, songwriters and superstars integral to pivotal untold stories, including Shania Twain, Boyz II Men, ABBA’s Benny Andersson, T-Pain, Brandi Carlile, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and other luminaries. ...
Penfriend Shares Brand New Single 'I'll Start A Fire' Photo Penfriend Shares Brand New Single 'I'll Start A Fire'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 18, 2021

“’I’ll Start A Fire’ was the first of two songs I wrote in September 2020 that jostled for a space on the record (the second was ‘Black Car’), and I’m so glad they did,” recalls Laura. ...
Cleveland International Records to Release Live Album From David Allan Coe Photo Cleveland International Records to Release Live Album From David Allan Coe
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 29, 2021

This spring, CIR, Coe's former label, will drop a special vinyl edition of Biketoberfest 01: Live from the Iron Horse Saloon (BFD/Audium Nashville). The digitally remastered album was originally recorded live during Biketoberfest 2001 in Daytona, Beach. ...
Leslie Jordan Announces Star-Studded Duets Album Photo Leslie Jordan Announces Star-Studded Duets Album
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 22, 2021

“Brandi Carlile deserves to be accompanied by more than a single band of angels,” says Jordan, “not only for being a singular artist of our time but also for living an exemplary life full of love and devotion to everyone she meets.”...
Penfriend Releases Video for 'Exotic Monsters' Photo Penfriend Releases Video for 'Exotic Monsters'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 17, 2021

Sparked by a throwaway phrase from Margaret Atwood's ‘The Handmaid's Tale’, ‘Exotic Monsters’ is a laundry list of asynchronous human needs and desires; a reflection of our increasingly confused, disconnected and polarised lives....
Shulman Smith Releases 'Mineral King' Photo Shulman Smith Releases 'Mineral King'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 16, 2021

Filmed on land that was badly damaged by the wildfires of 2020, Smith intends to raise awareness for the park and the challenges it faces....
PBS Stations Celebrate Charley Pride For Black History Month Photo PBS Stations Celebrate Charley Pride For Black History Month
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 08, 2021

Throughout the month of February, while celebrating Black History Month, PBS has made it easy for Charley Pride fans and new audiences alike to learn more about his history in country music and the impact he made throughout the world....
T. Graham Brown Welcomes Tanya Tucker As His Guest On February's Live Wire Photo T. Graham Brown Welcomes Tanya Tucker As His Guest On February's Live Wire
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 03, 2021

Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown's LIVE WIRE on SiriusXM's Prime Country Channel 58 will debut new episodes for February, starting Wednesday, February 3 at 10/9c PM, featuring an interview with Tanya Tucker....
Carrie Zaruba Is Returning To The Scene With New Album NATURAL DISASTER Photo Carrie Zaruba Is Returning To The Scene With New Album NATURAL DISASTER
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 01, 2021

Versatile powerhouse vocalist Carrie Zaruba has kept busy over the past few years. With the release of her new album titled 'Natural Disaster,' Carrie is ready to return to the music scene in a mighty way. The album is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other digital retailers....
Country Trio Chapel Hart Inducted Into CMT's Next Women of Country Class of 2021 Photo Country Trio Chapel Hart Inducted Into CMT's Next Women of Country Class of 2021
by Sarah Jae Leiber - January 25, 2021

Rising country powerhouse trio Chapel Hart have recently been inducted into the CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2021. CMT has named ten rising artists to its prestigious “Next Women of Country” (NWOC) franchise, marking the first-ever linear reveal in program history....
Country Music Singer/Songwriter Ed Bruce Dies at 81 Photo Country Music Singer/Songwriter Ed Bruce Dies at 81
by Sarah Jae Leiber - January 08, 2021

Ed Bruce, singer/songwriter, died Friday, January 8, 2021, in Clarksville, Tennessee, of natural causes at age 81. ...
Lilly Winwood Gears Up To Release Debut Album 'Time Well Spent' Photo Lilly Winwood Gears Up To Release Debut Album 'Time Well Spent'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - January 07, 2021

East Nashville-based Americana artist, Lilly Winwood, is gearing up to release her debut album Time Well Spent on January 29....