Tanya Tucker Teams With Brandi Carlile, Shooter Jennings for New Documentary + Album
Tanya Tucker may be one of country's best-loved stars of the '70s and '80s, but fans haven't heard any new material from the singer since 2002's Tanya. All that is about to change, however, with a little help from Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings.
Although fans may know Carlile best as the powerhouse vocalist behind songs such as the Grammy-nominated "The Joke," she also occasionally serves as a producer, putting her stamp on projects such as the Secret Sisters' 2017 album, You Don't Own Me Anymore. Furthermore, Carlile is a die-hard Tucker fan. According to an interview with Variety, it was Carlile's love for Tucker that initially caused Jennings, who originally had plans to produce Tucker's new project alone, to insist she join him in helming it.
"Shooter called me for songs originally, and I went off [on a rant]," Carlile explains. "I was like, 'I was f--king seven the first time I sang "San Antonio Stroll." I was eight when I sang "What's Your Mama's Name, Child?" And then I went into "Delta Dawn," "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane," "Strong Enough to Bend," "Last Teardrop.' My Tanya thing is, like, real.' And he was like, 'Oh, you're a real fan ... No, I don't have any business getting near this thing without you.'"
Tucker's new album will be titled While I'm Living. Additionally, as Carlile and Jennings ran sessions for the project, Carlile was simultaneously executive producing a new documentary, also about Tucker, called Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker.