Tanya Tucker’s brand-new album had a lot of help from Brandi Carlile.
Nashville Tennessean

Chaos and human is how Grammy-winning Brandi Carlile describes nation vocalist Tanya Tucker She also uses words including “legend,” “difficult” and “initial female criminal.”

” There would be no Miranda (Lambert), no Brandi (Carlile), no Gretchen (Wilson), no Maren (Morris) without Tanya Tucker,” Carlile stated. “That’s where we discovered our piss and vinegar. If you inform her that, she won’t believe you.”

Carlile teamed with Shooter Jennings to produce Tucker’s new album “While I’m Livin,'” the “Delta Dawn” singer’s very first in 17 years. Offered Aug. 23, the 10- song collection includes a reimagined version of Lambert’s tender smash “Your house That Built Me,” Waylon Jennings’ “High Ridin’ Heroes” and Tucker’s new single “The Wheels of Laredo,” which was written by Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth.

” It’s a haunting melody, and it discusses being down in Laredo and what they’re doing down there,” Tucker said. “It paints an image, and (my good friends) say, ‘You can be found in and sing it, and I seem like I’m there.’ That’s what we desire to do is make sure everybody hears the tune and feels like they’re there.”

Carlile and her regular songwriting partners Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth– to whom she refers as “the twins”– co-wrote six of the album’s 10 songs and joined Tucker to pen the last track, “Bring My Flowers Now.”


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The concept for ” Bring My Flowers Now” derived from a discussion about a funeral 4 decades earlier. Tucker keeps in mind saying, “Guy, bring my flowers now while I’m living.” A brief time later on, she mentioned the idea to Loretta Lynn, who informed her she should write that into a song. A couple of months ago, Tucker was at Lynn’s home and Lynn asked her if she ‘d ever composed that tune.

Tucker wrote the chorus for “Bring My Flowers Now” and told Carlile about it. On their last day in the recording studio on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, Carlile approached Tucker about ending up the lyrics.

Tucker hesitated.

” I was like, ‘Uhhhh, can I go to the restroom initially?” she recalled.

” She’s a great writer,” Carlile included.

” It took me 40 years and 20 minutes to compose the tune,” Tucker said.

Tucker has actually been one of c and w’s boldest names because she was 13 years of ages. In 1972, the Seminole, Texas, native broke through with her classic “Delta Dawn.” Over the decades, she went on to chart hits consisting of “Quickly,” “2 Sparrows in a Typhoon,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Problem,” “Texas (When I Die),” “If It Don’t Come Easy” and “Strong Enough to Bend.”

The singer wasn’t prepared to go back to the recording studio when Carlile approached her with the idea, however she relented.

” I told her, ‘Do not tinker my bad credibility. It’s made me a damn excellent living,'” Tucker stated.


Brandi Carlile drew out Tanya Tucker to Bonnaroo to carry out the new single from the upcoming album they are collaborating on “While I’m Livin'”.
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Carlile couldn’t be prouder of the project they produced. She thinks it fills a void for mature females who are typically creatively underserved.

” Women Tanya’s age (60) have no one telling their story, nobody talking about what it implies to be an empty nester or what it’s like to not be able to keep your house,” she said. “We believe that music is to service and become fodder for the lifestyle of the young. Shooter Jennings and I think in Tanya Tucker more than she believes in herself. She’s worth thinking in. She’s not Santa Claus. She’s genuine, and she’s really, really … good.”

Just don’t call it a comeback. Tucker hates the word return.

“( Tucker) chooses the word relaunch,” Carlile confessed. “However it’s not often we can inform a legend we like and appreciate them while they’re still with us. Let’s call it a comeback. Let’s offer her one while she’s living.”

‘ While I’m Livin’ track list

1. “Mustang Ridge” (composed by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

2. “The Wheels of Laredo” (composed by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

3. “I Don’t Owe You Anything” (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

4. “The Day My Heart Goes Still” (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

5. “High Ridin’ Heroes” (written by David Lynn Jones)

6. “Your House That Built Me” (composed by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin)

7. “Hard Luck” (written by John C. “Pete” Bailey, David Lee Mitchell, Raymond L. Turner and Jerry Ontiberoz)

8. “Rich” (composed by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

9. “Seminole Wind Calling” (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

10 “Bring My Flowers Now” (composed by Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

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