Friday, May 5, 2023
– Tanya Tucker is out today with "When the Rodeo is Over (Where Does the Cowboy Go?)."
"When the Rodeo is Over (Where Does the Cowboy Go?)" is the second song from Tucker's upcoming album, "Sweet Western Sound," which will be released June 2 on Fantasy Records.
Tucker said, "I was in LA, the night before the first session started. Brandi (Carlile) sent me a song, saying 'If you like it, we'll start with it. I gave it to Craig [Dillingham, Tanya's boyfriend] to listen to. He comes back in a minute, and I asked him, 'Did you like it?' and he says, 'Like it? Hell, I wrote it!' He'd never pitched it to me, but Brandi did. It's one of those songs that just stays with you."
Ahead of the release, album track, "Kindness," recently was released.
Produced once again by Carlile and Shooter Jennings, "Sweet Western Sound" is the follow-up to Tucker's 2019 album, "While I'm Livin'." Her first new album in 17 years, the release won the GRAMMY for Best Country Album as well as Best Country Song for its poignant single, "Bring My Flowers Now."
In addition to songs by Tucker, Carlile and Jennings, the album features contributions from Elton John songwriter Bernie Taupin, Carlile band mates Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Birds of Chicago's JT Nero, Billy Don Burns and Dillingham as well as a voicemail-generated rhyme from Tucker's hero and close friend, the late Billy Joe Shaver, which opens and closes the album.
"'Sweet Western Sound' is another revelation, and I'm excited to see what folks think of our new endeavor," said Tuckeer. "It's always a trip working with Brandi and Shooter. I didn't know if we'd be working together again on a new album after 'While I'm Livin''. But we did it. Lots of new things we did this time, and I even co-wrote some of the songs, which means a lot to me. Brandi says we're magic together, and I'm starting to believe her."