In her newest CD release, MY TURN, Tanya Tucker is proving while she may have been quiet for the past several years she was not down for the count. As covered in a recent interview with Dan Rather, Tanya Tucker has had her share of personal issues to deal with. Like the true artist she is, Tanya chose to handle those matters in private. Now she's back with classic material done her way... songs she grew up listening to by artists who inspired her as a young girl from Seminole TX.
As I sat listening to the album one thing struck me over and over. Blessed. Tanya's career has been blessed numerous times both by the people who've inspired and stood beside her through good and bad and by the success that led her through those times. While not everything came up roses for Tanya, she had the guts and the determination to do what she does best - sing and entertain. MY TURN, full of songs that portray ups and downs, is Tanya Tucker's bounce back. And she's coming back with a vengeance.
She had me with track one - Wine Me Up. A Faron Young classic that has always been a favorite of mine. I knew Faron and to this day the strains of his songs bring back fond memories. That's what you want the classic songs to do... to take you back to those special moments.
The memories continue with Lovesick Blues (Hank Williams), Love's Gonna Live Here (with Jim Lauderdale), Crazy Arms (Ray Price), After the Fire is Gone (Loretta Lynn), Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone? (Charlie Pride), A Thousand Ways (Lefty Frizzell), Big Big Love (Eddie Miller ?), Walk Through This World With Me (George Jones), Oh, Lonesome Me (Don Gibson), You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold), and Ramblin Fever (Merle Haggard).
I felt as if this were a album to honor where she came from, who she still is as an artist. While still packin' her sassiness, Tanya Tucker is as traditional as they come and a strong reminder that as long as you stay true to who you are, everything else is just part of life. Deal with the stuff, shove it in a closet, whatever... then pick yourself up and do what you do best.
For tradition and memories, I'm tipping my hat:
And I'll leave you with this video of Big, Big Love, courtesy of SagauroRoadRecords: