'The Return Of Tanya Tucker - Featuring Brandi Carlile' by Country Music Superstars Will Be Magical: Contenders Documentary

'The Return Of Tanya Tucker - Featuring Brandi Carlile' by Country Music Superstars Will Be Magical: Contenders Documentary

Published on December 05, 2022 20:19 PM by Sally Harbor

Tanya Tucker, a veteran of country music, has recently seen a career renaissance thanks to her talent and the efforts of Brandi Carlile, another country music icon.

To document, Tucker spent 17 years in a semi-retired state while I'm Livin'. She finally decided to quit it, thanks in large part to Carlile.

The making of that record and Tucker's re-entry into the public eye are both covered in Kathlyn Horan's film, The Return of Tanya Tucker - Featuring Brandi Carlile.

"The Return Of Tanya Tucker - Featuring Brandi Carlile" plot

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The movie explains why Tucker, who became famous as a youngster after recording the number-one single "Delta Dawn," stayed out of the spotlight for so long.

"She decided to leave. Her parents had passed away. And a lot of what this movie is, it's a study of the grieving process," said Horan at a Contenders Film: Documentary event hosted by Deadline. 

She claims to have lost her motivation because her father managed her for a significant portion of her career, and she no longer wanted to do it. 

And without that, she was left unsure of what to do or how to proceed. It took Shooter [Jennings] and Brandi to make room so that she would want to enter it again.

Carlile and Jennings assisted Tucker in regaining his mojo

Tucker regained his mojo with the help of Carlile and Jennings (the son of legendary country musician Waylon Jennings), a process depicted in the movie.

According to Horan, Tanya is a truly dynamic artist who still has so much to offer. "We get to see that via the trip as she progresses from this incredibly exposed, fearful place to gaining her confidence and realizing the possibilities of her future," the author said. 

The unfair treatment Tucker endured because she is a woman in country music is one of the subjects of the documentary. 

For example, the hard lifestyle of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and George Jones was praised, but Tucker received criticism for her partying and romance with singer Glen Campbell.

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