Tenille Townes Joins Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile for ‘Delta Dawn’ [WATCH]
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Cracker Barrel restaurant and store is continuing to pair female artists of varying backgrounds and generations together for unforgettable team-ups. This time around, Tanya Tucker takes center stage, performing her hit "Delta Dawn" with Brandi Carlile as well as rising artist Tenille Townes.
Soon after taping the collaboration, at the 2019 ACM Honors ceremony, Townes gushed to The Boot and other outlets about the experience. "Goodness, that was incredible. What a dream it was!" she commented. "I was just like, 'Is this real life? Is this really happening?' What a crazy thing. I look up to both of them so much."
Though it was Tucker's song that the three artists performed, Townes relates that Carlile has also had a profound influence on her as an artist. "Brandi's such a voice, you know? In the way that it sounds, and also in what she says," Townes reflects. "She is just such a leader that it's really cool to get to look up to her."
While Carlile may be a mentor for younger artists such as Townes, the singer has long been open about what a profound influence Tucker's legacy has been on her own career. Carlile co-produced the iconic performer's newest album, While I'm Livin', with Shooter Jennings, and though she wasn't originally slotted to take on that role, Jennings insisted she join him in the producer's chair after realizing what a Tucker superfan Carlile is.
"Tanya Tucker has, I think, debatably one of the most important voices in country music this side of Johnny Cash," Carlile explains. "Particularly because Tanya sounds tough. She has an androgyny and authority in her voice that not many women that sing country music have had over the years."
Cracker Barrel's 50th Anniversary performance series, called "Five Decades, One Voice," pairs legendary female country artists with rising acts. Previous featured songs include Little Big Town's team-up with Ingrid Andress on a Dixie Chicks cover.
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