Everything We Know About Tanya Tucker’s New Album, ‘While I’m Livin”
In the spring of 2019, Tanya Tucker began sharing plans for a new studio album -- her first new music in 17 years. The iconic country singer revealed that she had some high-power help for the project, called While I'm Livin', in the form of co-producers Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile.
On June 5, Tucker dropped the first new song off the project, "The Wheels of Laredo," ahead of the full album's release later in the summer. Not only was the track co-produced by Carlile, but the singer-songwriter also co-wrote and provided backing harmonies for "The Wheels of Laredo," making the new music a true collaboration between artists. The forthcoming album is largely comprised of songs that Carlile wrote with her bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, as well as Tucker.
Ahead of the new record's release, Read on to learn everything we know so far about While I'm Livin'.
In February, Tucker announced that the title of her new album would be While I'm Livin'.
The Release Date
While I'm Livin' is slotted for release on Aug. 23, 2019. It will mark her first new release of music in 17 years, since her 2002 album, Tanya.
The Record Label
Tucker's project will come out via Fantasy Records.
While I'm Livin' was co-produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile, though at its outset, only Jennings was planning to be a producer. After a conversation with Carlile about her in-depth knowledge of and love for Tucker's music, Jennings insisted that she join him as a producer.
"Shooter called me for songs originally, and I went off [on a rant]," Carlile explained at the time. "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.'"
In addition to producing the album, Carlile is simultaneously executive producing a new documentary, also about Tucker, called Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker.
The Album Cover
The cover of Tucker's new album depicts a woman astride a rearing horse, the waves of an ocean gently cresting on the beach behind them. The artist's name and album title is in white in the center of the image.
The first single off the project will be "Hard Luck," the album's seventh track, which was written by John C. “Pete” Bailey, David Lee Mitchell, Raymond L. Turner and Jerry Ontiberoz. Tucker hasn't shared it yet, but the song will be available to fans soon. In the meantime, she released "The Wheels of Laredo" as the first taste of the new music.
While I'm Livin' features a total of ten tracks, seven of which were co-written by Carlile. Even the songs that Tucker didn't have a hand in writing speak to aspects of her life and personal history, however.
"It's a musical biography of sorts about Tanya's real life and the places she's seen," Carlile explains. "And it's narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash."
The project features a small selection of covers in addition to the new material. One of the most eye-catching of those is Tucker's rendition of "The House That Built Me," which was originally recorded by Miranda Lambert.
Tanya Tucker, While I'm Livin' Tracklist
1. Mustang Ridge (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
2. The Wheels Of Laredo (written 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. The House That Built Me (written 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 (written 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 (written by Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
Tucker hasn't announced any official tour details yet. Stay tuned!
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