Tanya Tucker Says She’s Working on a New Album With Brandi Carlile

After winning two Grammys, Tucker has started on the follow-up to 2019’s award-winning While I’m Livin’

A few nights ago, Tanya Tucker was listening to Apple Music at her Texas ranch. She heard songs by her favorite singers including Nina Simone, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson — and then she heard herself. The song was “Mustang Ridge,” from her 2019 album While I’m Livin’, produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings.

“I thought, ‘You know what? I’m so much better now,'” says Tucker, who turned 62 in October. “I feel like I sing better, I sound better. I don’t know, I guess the stars lined up again for me.”

It was a hard-won moment for Tucker, who broke through with “Delta Dawn” in 1972 when she was only 13. At 15, she was on the cover of Rolling Stone. Though she had several hits in the Eighties and Nineties, her music was often eclipsed by tabloid stories about her relationships and struggles with addiction. “She hasn’t been given the respect she deserves because she was a child star,” Brandi Carlile told Rolling Stone in 2019. “As she grew up and fell on hard times, I don’t think she was given the same grace an artist like Waylon and Willie and Cash were given for the times that they maybe didn’t live up to their own standards of healthfulness. She should be lauded in the same way that so many of these amazing outlaw men are.”