If you go:
What: Tanya Tucker
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Murphey Performance Hall San Angelo Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $38-$125
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SAN ANGELO - When it comes to country music, Tanya Tucker has seen it all, having been an icon and revered country music star since she was a child. And through all of her ups and downs, she has endured and is back on the road this week performing in San Angelo Performing Arts Center. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Murphey Performance Hall, at the PAC.

Tucker is a country music legend, with  iconic hits like “Delta Dawn” which was released when she was only 13, and earned her a Grammy nomination that launched her career.

A true west Texas girl, Tucker, who was born in Seminole, said in an interview that she is looking forward to returning to Texas to perform.

“I always love going back to Texas,” Tucker said in an interview Thursday from her home in Nashville. “It has been quite a while. It’s funny, the other night I was in Nashville and I ran into some girls from San Angelo who told me they would be coming to the show.”

Tucker’s fans are loyal, and have been with her through thick and thin. Tucker’s star rose to the stratosphere in the 1970s with her first number one single “What’s Your Mama’s Name.” Just a year earlier  in 1972, she was named the “Top New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music. As the 1970s rolled on, she did too, appearing on the cover of “Rolling Stone” at only 15. As additional hits continued, Tucker added an edgy rock image, which she still embraces, to her musical taste with the album T.N.T, which was released in 1978. The gold certified album peaked at number two on the album charts. She continued to crank out the hits through the late 80s, but stopped for a bit to clean up her act.

Considered as one of the members of the “Outlaw” country music stars, she continues be an inspiration for other female country stars. The 1990’s gave rise to some of Tucker’s most recognizable and career defining songs, “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” and “It’s a Little Too Late.” With a 1994 Super Bowl XXVIII halftime appearance, Tucker was a household name to stay.

Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, she says there may be some surprises in store for fans at the show along with some of her greatest hits.

Her string of hits like “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)” “Blood Red Goin’ Down and the iconic “Texas (When I Die)” will likely be some of her classics that make the set list on Friday night.

“We like to mix it up,” she said adding that she has a great band on the tour, which will take her to the Poteet Strawberry Festival, near San Antonio for a performance on Saturday night. Her tour stops thereafter are all over the map, with dates in Tucson, Ariz., Palm Springs, Calif. And West Wendover, Nev.. through the end of April.

She said she is gearing back up, after being on a self imposed hiatus for a few years after her parents passed away.

“I took a couple of years off - I lost my parents and I did not know what my future was going to be,” she said.

But a 2015 exhibit of her life at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, highlighted Tucker’s rich personal life. “Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend” ran through her eventful life, and included momentos and personal items. From her pink Harley Davidson to her own line of salsa, Tucker’s life was chronicled in a never-before-seen way for fans.

With a life full of love and heartbreak, she has always bounced back. After the recent death of Glen Campbell, with whom she had a much publicized relationship from 1980-82, her creative juices began flowing and she co-wrote “Forever Loving You,” with Tennessee Senator Rusty Crowe.

“I co-wrote one of my last love songs to Glen -  it was a love story and people have never forgotten it,” she said.

And of course, neither has she.

She said fans thought of her, when Campbell passed on Aug. 8, 2017 from Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was overwhelming,” she said.

She donated all of the proceeds from the song to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

“I did the song because I wanted to bring more awareness to Alzheimer’s - I was trying to make a little bit of a difference,” she said.

No matter what, her performance will be special. She said she plans to travel in her tour bus to Texas and is looking forward to the San Angelo show. Country music star Rick Trevino is also on the bill.

“It’s good to know that people still want to see me and I still make a difference and contribute to some sort of happiness in their lives and entertaining the folks out there that have been so good to me,” she said.