2009, June / Tanya Tucker
Tanya Tucker joins Patty Loveless and Martina McBride in releasing a CD of classic country songs, spanning several decades. All of these CD's are good, but Tanya's strikes me as the best of the three. In fact, it strikes me as her best CD since "What Do I Do With Me" from 1991.
Any Tanya Tucker fan will be delighted to have this CD. "After the Fire is Gone" (with great duet recordings by both Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn and Tracy Nelson and Willie Nelson) is my favorite in this collection. But also excellent is "Crazy Arms" (where she truly makes this her own). Patty Loveless also has a wonderful version of "Crazy Arms" on her "Sleepless Nights" CD. I played this CD before I read the liner notes, so I was shocked when I discovered that Tanya was singing with Jim Lauderdale on Buck Owens' "Love's Gonna Live Here Again." It sounded so much like Buck that I thought this was a mix with the Buck Owens recording. "Big, Big Love" and "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" are better than the originals.
The CD closes with a rocking guitar driven version of Merle Haggard's "Ramblin' Fever." "Lovesick Blues" is another highlight. Pete Anderson produced and plays his typically great guitar. Both of those contributions clearly contribute to making this the outstanding CD that it is. One note: Most of Tanya's great stuff is available on CD. But one of her finest albums, "Tear Me Apart," has never been on CD. This is a situation that needs to be remedied. But until then enjoy "My Turn." by "pop culture icon"