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Tanya Tucker at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona
Story and Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

The legend of country music, Tanya Tucker, performed live at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona on December 4, 2015 to a sold out show.
 
Tanya is such an incredible performer, it's easy to see why the audience loves her.  Tucker started off her show singing 'Some Kind of Trouble', 'I'll Come Back As Another Women', then 'Hangin' In'.  Tucker said one of her favorites is Merle Haggard and she just found out he is in the hospital.  She will be taking over his show in Las Vegas at the Nugget until he is better. She then dedicated the song 'Strong Enough To Bend' to him.

Tucker said she has not been out on the road for four years and she thanked all her fans for her #1 hits.  Tanya said she has had a long career, she started early.  Tucker then sang her old hit 'The Jamestown Ferry', (Without You) What Do I Do With Me', and 'It Won't Be Me'.

She was recently interviewed by Dan Rather for two hours, she said Rather is a big country music fan and his favorite song is 'Window Up Above' by George Jones, so she dedicated the song to Dan Rather.

Next, Tucker sang 'If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight'.  After she sang it she sipped on a drink and then told the audience, "It used to be vodka, now I drink 5 hour energy drink. Got a good laugh.  Tucker then sang, 'Love Me Like You Used To', 'Oh What It Did To Me', and 'It's A Little Too Late'.  She next put on a top hat with a feather in it and sang 'Lizzie And The Rainman', and then 'Texas (When I Die)'.

Tucker then talked about her Mom and Dad and that they both have passed now and it has been really hard for her.  Her father was her manager all her life, so it was hard to get back on the road again after he passed, but she said she learned many great lessons from both her Mom and Dad.  She also talked about Glen Campbell and was happy his daughter was in the audience. She then dedicated the song 'Two Sparrows In A Hurricane' to them.

Tucker ended her show by singing the first verse of 'Amazing Grace' and then went into 'Delta Dawn'.  Everyone stood up and gave her a standing ovation and then she shook hands with all the fans that came up to the stage.   Tanya put on a fantastic show.  She looked great and sounded great.

Tucker also said she is putting together a new album out soon.  She said she has broke the record on how long it has taken to make a record.  So when it comes out, make sure you go get it.  She said it will be her best one yet!

Tanya also took the time to have a special meet and greet with her fans and I was lucky enough to get to visit with her and introduce her to my sister Theresa.  Tanya really does love her fans and said she is so thankful for them all these years.

Tanya Tucker is one of my most favorite performers!  When she comes to your town, make sure you go see her. 
 
We are glad you are back performing Tanya, and we all look forward to hearing more music from you in years to come!

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L to R:  Glenda S. Paradee, Tanya Tucker, Theresa Kane

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Glenda S. Paradee, Tanya Tucker

More on Tanya:

A defining voice of country music and a modern day legend, Tanya Tucker inspired many female artists who still top the charts today. From the signature classic songs to the unforgettable sass and soul of her voice, Tucker has paved a path in country music and beyond through an unprecedented level of success and continues her longevity today due to a natural, undeniable talent.

When producer Billy Sherrill received a demo tape of Tucker, he quickly signed her to a record deal at Columbia Records. Her style has proven to be timeless ever since she recorded her debut single "Delta Dawn," at age 13. The single earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" and launched Tucker into the national spotlight during the beginning of her teenage years.

In 1972, she earned the "Top New Female Vocalist" award by the Academy of Country Music. With a wildly growing career at such a young age, the Tucker craze continued with her first number one single, in 1973, "What's Your Mama's Name."

Tucker achieved an unusual feat for a female country artist at the time with a 1974 Rolling Stone cover story with the headline, "Hi, I'm Tanya Tucker, I'm 15, You're Gonna Hear From Me." As additional hits continued, Tucker added an edgy rock image, which she still embraces, to her musical taste with the album T.N.T, which was released in 1978. The gold certified album peaked at number two on the album charts. Through a collaborative relationship with Glen Campbell, Tucker transitioned to a new label in the early 1980's and was back in the Top 10 with "Can I See You Tonight," co-written by hitmaker Deborah Allen (Patty Loveless). Just a few years later, Tucker experienced another hit with "One Love at a Time," co-written by Paul Overstreet (Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton). With four additional number one charted hits between 1986-1988, Tucker's career, nearly two decades already underway, was proving to be one for the record books.

The 1990's gave rise to some of Tucker's most recognizable and career defining songs, "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane" and "It's a Little Too Late." New albums, along with multiple versions of greatest hits and live compilation projects, propelled Tucker to become one of the best selling female artists in country music. With a 1994 Super Bowl XXVIII halftime appearance, Tucker was a household name to stay.

Tucker's latest honor, a special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, gives visitors the chance to step into Tucker's rich personal life. "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend" runs through May 2015 and features many of Tucker's favorite items from various eras of her career. From her pink Harley Davidson to her own line of salsa, Tucker's life is chronicled in a never-before-seen way for fans to get up close and personal with the legend.

Tucker never disappoints during her concerts, fans can expect the same classic, edgy, and unpredictable Tucker along with an indelible experience any country music fan is guaranteed to love.

To read more about Tanya, check out her website: www.tanyatucker.com
 
Thanks For The Music Tanya!


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