Tanya Tucker Shares the Tough and Tender “Ready As I’ll Never Be”

Today, legendary country artist Tanya Tucker (Fantasy Records) shared a brand-new single “Ready As I’ll Never Be,” her first original music since the release of Tucker’s 2019’s acclaimed, 2X GRAMMY®-winning album, While I’m Livin’. The poignant and moving track, written by Tucker and Brandi Carlile, serves as the end-title of the new documentary THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE (Sony Pictures Classics), which opens today in New York and Los Angeles. Listen to “Ready As I’ll Never Be” HERE.

Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, the deeply moving “Ready As I’ll Never Be,” is a powerful reflection of gratitude and regret—with key contributions from Tanya Tucker (vocals), Brandi Carlile (piano, background vocal), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocal), Tim Hanseroth (background vocal), John Schreffler, Jr. (pedal steel), and Matt Chamberlain (drums, percussion).

Tanya Tucker Ready As I'll Never Be
Nominated earlier this week for a Critics Choice Documentary Award for Best Music Documentary, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE, is also on the DOC NYC Shortlist and featured on the Savannah Film Festival Doc to Watch Panel. In addition, it has played to rapt festival audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival, among others. Taking stock of the past while remaining vitally alive in the present and keeping an eye on the future, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration.

Opening nation-wide on November 4, the feature-length film, directed by Kathlyn Horan, follows Tucker’s richly creative, utterly captivating, bumpy ride back to the top as Carlile encourages her to push past her fears to create a new sound and reach a new audience. The writing, the experimenting, and refining of this new music mixes with all that came before – using rare archival footage and photographs to delve into Tucker’s history, beginning in a single wide trailer in Seminole, Texas.

Oct. 29 Lucktoberfest – Spicewood, Texas
Dec. 1 Yavapai College Performing Arts Center – Prescott, Ariz.
Dec. 2 Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 16 Shooting Star Casino & Lodge – Mahnomen, Minn.

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