Tucker rocks Russellville for birthday bash

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RYAN HARMON/THE ARKA TECH
RYAN HARMON/THE ARKA TECH

Country music legend Tanya Tucker came through Russellville on Oct. 10 during her first tour in years, which followed her decision to take time off to be with her children.

An all-day celebration was planned at the local Center for the Arts to celebrate Tucker’s 57th birthday.
The audience was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the “What’s Your Mama’s Name” singer, when Rodney Williams, promoter of the event, came out to welcome Tucker with his accordion rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

The band came out and kicked off “Some Kind Of Trouble”, a Top 10 hit from Tucker’s 1991 album, “What Do I Do With Me”.

As Tucker took the stage, the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

The evening was filled with songs that spanned Tucker’s 40-year career, with many coming from the ‘90s when Tucker released some of her most popular material.

At 57, Tucker still has the same energy and personality onstage she’s always had, showing off some moves during the evening.

Although Tucker is currently working on new material, she stuck to the hits, pleasing fans with songs such as “Love Me Like You Used To” and “Texas (When I Die)”.

Tucker also included some of her personal favorites, such as George Jones’ “The Window Up Above”, which Tucker pointed out was not planned.

“Did we rehearse this one? No? Okay, good!” she said.

In the middle of her performance, she was presented with a birthday cake, as Branch & Dean, one of the opening bands, sang Conway Twitty’s “Happy Birthday Darlin'”.

Tucker told the crowd about some of her time spent in Arkansas, specifically in the town of Delight, which just so happens to be the birthplace of her most famous ex, Glen Campbell.

“There are quite a few people that live up there, but they’re all named Campbell,” she laughingly said.
As the concert neared its end, Tucker sang a powerful version of “Amazing Grace” before launching into “Delta Dawn”, the song that launched her career at age 13.

As the band played on, Tucker stood onstage signing autographs, shaking hands and taking pictures with fans before leaving.

Normally, I would play the “I can’t believe she didn’t do (song title)” game, but it’s hard to complain with the show she put on.

It seemed like she was genuinely having a good time and was pulling the songs straight from her heart, rather than from a structured list.

I would buy a ticket to see her again in a heartbeat!

For more information on Tanya Tucker’s music and tour schedule, visit www.tanyatucker.com.