Tanya Tucker Signs to Fantasy, Readies First Original Album in 17 Years

Country legend Tanya Tucker has just signed to Concord Music’s Fantasy Records, and is readying the release of her first record in 17 years later this summer. Not just your average album release, Tanya’s new title tentatively called While I’m Living is being touted as a comeback record, and was recorded in Hollywood in January. The new album was produced by new 3-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile, along with Shooter Jennings. Carlile previously produced a record for The Secret Sisters, and Shooter co-produced Carlile’s Grammy-minted By The Way, I Forgive You with Dave Cobb.

“Tanya Tucker is an original outlaw who bucked the country music establishment and became a living legend in the process, which makes Fantasy her perfect home,” says Fantasy Records president, Margi Cheske. “We’re thrilled to work with Tanya, Brandi and Shooter and help bring this stunning new album to the world.”

Initially Shooter Jennings was to be the only producer on the record, but decided to bring Brandi Carlile in after starting the process. A camera crew followed Tanya through the recording of the album for a documentary being executive produced by Carlile to be called Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker. The sister projects are meant to give renewed attention to one of country music’s overlooked stars, and one of the few women associated with country music’s Outlaw movement. Super producer Rick Rubin has also been rumored to be loosely associated with the new record.

“For some reason, in country music, we have a way of not telling legends they’re legends until they’re 80, when we could have told them when they were 60 and they would have still had 30 years to teach us and stay in the spotlight and stay relevant to us,” Brandi Carlile said back in February. “We wait until they’re so old, before we have these tributes for them, and it’s beautiful. But we should have done this for Willie when he was 60 and should have done this for Loretta when she was 60. So this record’s called ‘While I’m Living’ because I’ll be God-damned if we’re not going to tribute her while she’s living.”

With ten #1 hits, another eight #2’s, and 39 Top 10’s total, Tanya Tucker has logged an incredible career going all the way back to her first hit “Delta Dawn” when she was only 13-years-old in 1972. 2002’s Tanya to find the last time country icon Tanya Tucker released a proper album of new material; her classic covers album from 2009 called My Turn notwithstanding. That’s 17 years to save up songs and inspiration, and now Tanya is ready to make a roaring return.

“For all it’s ups and downs I believe I’ve lived a blessed life,” Tanya Tucker said about the signing to Fantasy Records. “I am so touched and thankful to announce that dreams can still come true for an outlaw like me.”

More information and a proper release date for the new album when it comes available.