On October 3, 2019, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed legendary female outlaw Tanya Tucker along with special guests (and album producers) Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings for a conversation on the making of Tanya’s album, While I’m Livin’. The album went on to be nominated four times at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards and won Best Country Album and Best Country song.
Largely comprised of songs written by Carlile, Tim and Phil Hanseroth and Tucker, While I’m Livin’ (Fantasy Records) is the 10th Top 10 Country Album and first-ever #1 Americana/Folk Album of Tucker’s illustrious career. “It’s a musical biography of sorts,” said Carlile, “about Tanya’s real life and the places she’s seen, and it’s narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash.”
Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya Tucker had her first country hit, the classic “Delta Dawn,” at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, Tucker has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Country charts. Tucker’s indelible songs include some of country music’s biggest hits such as the aforementioned “Delta Dawn,” “Soon,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Trouble,” “Texas (When I Die),” “If It Don’t Come Easy” and “Strong Enough To Bend.” While I’m Livin’ marked Tucker’s first album of new material in 17 years.