CRFF The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile
Country music legend Tanya Tucker’s momentous comeback is documented in this documentary about the making of her award-winning 2019 album, While I’m Livin’.
With her distinct voice, Tucker catapulted into the musical stratosphere in 1972 at the age of 13 and remained there for the duration of the decade, smashing stereotypes about country music along the way. By the start of the 1980s, her recording career and chart success was eclipsed by public struggles with substance abuse and rocky relationships documented in the tabloid press, and she eventually chose to live a more private life.
Grammy Award–winning songwriter and musician Brandi Carlile never believed the influential Tucker received her due respect. So, in January 2019, she and producer Shooter Jennings managed to coax Tucker into the studio with the goal of creating her first album of original music in 17 years.
Director Kathlyn Horan, aided by beautiful, unobtrusive camerawork by Jessica Young, skilfully immerses us into their creative process as Carlile and Tucker endeavour to mine the latter’s deep well of memory and experience to create songs worthy of Tucker’s still enthralling voice. The fascination of the film is experiencing Carlile cajoling, protecting, and urging Tucker, who compensates for her obstinance, insecurity, and volatility with self-deprecating humour and a vulnerability only possible in the atmosphere of empathy forged by Carlile.
This unique documentary provides us with access and insight into the intergenerational creative rapport between two women and their complex, intriguing, and deeply rewarding musical partnership.
“A fittingly down-to-earth, memory-infused documentary that’s a gift to fans — moving, thoroughly engaging, and a chance to see a remarkable sexagenarian at a turning point, doing what she does best.” –Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
Tickets: $15 Admission (+applicable taxes and fees)
Rated R for Language