“Iconic Country Star Tanya Tucker’s Dazzling Return to Music”
By Christian Scalise
It was the moment country music fans anxiously awaited, the return of one of music’s finest entertainers, the female outlaw herself, country music superstar, Tanya Tucker! The Texas Tornado landed at the historic Arcada Theatre located in the heart of downtown St. Charles, Ill on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, November 1st, 2015.
After more than a 3 year hiatus, the music icon proved that not even an extended absence from touring could affect her show stopping stage presence and electric persona which she is solidly famous for.
Tanya’s entrance to the stage at 6:15pm commenced with up-tempo opening numbers “Some Kind of Trouble,” “I’ll Come Back As Another Woman,” and “Hangin’ In.” These revered classics immediately brought the audience to their feet!
Her bluesy rendition of "Can't Run from Yourself" turned the theatre into a mojo fest worthy of an accolade from B. B. King himself!
The vivacious country star, whose impressive career spans over 4 decades, returned with a booming vengeance at the Arcada Theatre. Her commanding stage presence and musical selections seemed to reflect the decades of her life, lived passionately with the fervor that only an artist can know.
Tanya blazed through some of her greatest hits such as “Strong Enough To Bend,” “The Jamestown Ferry,” “It Won’t Be Me,” If Your Heart Ain’t Busy Tonight,” and touching ballads like “Without You (What Do I Do With Me),” and “Love Me Like You Used To.”
Tucker was vulnerable enough to allow the audience a rare opportunity to witness her raw vocals in an intimate setting. Her unmistakable talent revealed a piece of her soul and a window into her storied career throughout the evening.
Tanya humorously made reference to the early evening concert by telling the audience, “Wow this is a 5 o’clock show… I’m not even fully awake yet” to which the audience replied in laughter.
One of the most memorable highlights of the evening was Tucker’s heartfelt tribute to her dear friend, the late George Jones on a chilling cover of “Window Up Above,” which she recorded in 2006 for the album, God’s Country: George Jones and Friends. Knowing how great of an influence Jones had on Tucker and her career, this rare treat was not taken for granted by the audience.
Another unexpected and greatly notable moment from the show was Tanya’s delicate rendition of Dolly Parton’s autobiographical hit, “Coat Of Many Colors.” Tucker sat down on a chair for the performance and truly gave all of her heart and soul to the song.
To the observing eye, one could see an old hat sitting near the drum kit. At one moment Tucker turned and handled that "special" hat, leaving one to ponder her silent adoration of hats, not to mention her trademark insignia which hung from behind the stage.
Tanya’s new band consists of an ensemble immensely talented yet simple in production value. The musicians played tightly in sync with Tucker’s vocals missing not even a beat.
With that said, I would like to see two additions to the band, pedal steel and fiddle. Countless songs from Tanya’s catalogue of hits include those beloved instruments and the absence of the harmonious sounds of each instrument were truly missed.
Tanya ended the evening on a high note, closing out the show with another series of hits, “It’s A Little Too Late,” “Lizzie And The Rainman,” “Texas (When I Die),” a tribute to her parents on “Two Sparrows In A Hurricane,” and medley of “Amazing Grace” which ended in her #1 smash, “Delta Dawn.”
Beautiful and bejeweled from head to toe with the saucy eloquence that only a seasoned professional can accomplish, she was met with several standing ovations and when she released those raw, gravelly, pristine vocals, the crowd responded with wooing, oohing and solid applause.
There is no doubt that Tanya commands the stage from the moment she enters until she leaves in a way that only she can do in typical fashion; sexy, sassy and simply…Tanya Tucker.
Don’t miss the treat of seeing this country legend perform in a town near you!
1. Some Kind of Trouble
2. I'll Come Back As Another Woman
3. Hangin’ In
4. Strong Enough To Bend
5. Little Things
6. The Jamestown Ferry
7. Without You (What Do I Do With Me)
8. It Won't Be Me
9. Window Up Above (Jones Cover)
10. Coat of Many Colors (Dolly)
11. If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight
12. Love Me Like You Used To
13. Down To My Last Teardrop
14. Oh What It Did To Me
15. It's A Little Too Late
16. Can’t Run From Yourself
17. Lizzie And The Rainman
18. Texas (When I Die)
19. Two Sparrows In A Hurricane
20. Amazing Grace (Medley)
21. Delta Dawn
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