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Album Review

Tanya Tucker, 'My Turn'

July 20, 2009
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Country
Tanya Tucker My Turn
Saguaro Road
ESSENTIAL “Wine Me Up’’

Can Tanya Tucker really be 50? She had her first hit, “Delta Dawn,’’ at 13, then graced the cover of Rolling Stone at 15. She was precocious and got lumped in with country’s outlaw movement, but this new album is traditional to the core. It’s a tribute to her deceased dad, Beau, who once guided her career and turned her on to many of the country classics on this benignly nostalgic but beautifully executed covers record. Tucker is right at home with Faron Young’s honky-tonking “Wine Me Up,’’ Buck Owens’s twang-coated “Love’s Gonna Live Here’’ (with Jim Lauderdale on harmony), the Tex-Mex bite of “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone’’ (with longtime Ry Cooder mate Flaco Jiminez on accordion), and further nuggets by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell . . . you get the picture. Lovers of retro country will rejoice over this - and a bonus is that it is produced by Pete Anderson, who put the bomp in Dwight Yoakam’s sound for many years. Tucker is no longer a young rebel, but she now makes a darned good stateswoman for the country music she grew up with. (Out now)

STEVE MORSE