Brandi Carlile + Tanya Tucker Lead All-Star ‘Delta Dawn’ at 2019 CMT Music Awards [WATCH]
During Wednesday evening's (June 5) CMT Music Awards, legendary country artist Tanya Tucker shared a live performance with Brandi Carlile and all-star cast of women. Together, Tucker and Carlile led Trisha Yearwood, Lauren Alaina and more in a performance of her very first hit, "Delta Dawn."
Tucker launched her career with "Delta Dawn" in 1972. The song became a Top 10 hit. During the 2019 CMT Music Awards, Tucker and Carlile started the song backed by a band but were soon joined by a chorus: Yearwood, Alaina, Carly Pearce, Martina McBride, RaeLynn and Deana Carter.
During Carlile, Tucker and company's performance, everyone from Jimmie Allen to Keith Urban could be spotted standing in the crowd and singing along. It was a sweet show of support both for the genre's women and for Tucker, who will release her first new album since 2002 this August.
Carlile co-produced Tucker's new album, While I'm Livin', with Shooter Jennings. Jennings was originally set to produce Tucker's new project by himself, but decided to incorporate the singer-songwriter's expertise after he realized what a die-hard Tucker fan she is. Carlile is listed as a co-writer on seven of the album's 10 tracks, and she is simultaneously executive producing a documentary about Tucker called Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker.
"Brandi is truly out of this world. She's talented, smart, funny, never ever slows down and has a heart of gold," Tucker explains in a press release. "I just love her. She was like my shadow when we were in the studio. Every time I turned around, she was there."
The 2019 CMT Music Awards took place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, kicking off the city's annual CMA Fest with an evening of music and awards. The ceremony aired on CMT; Little Big Town hosted the event, in addition to delivering a performance of their own.
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