Tanya Tucker has had a wild life.
The country singer landed her first hit, "Delta Dawn," at the age of 13 in 1972. By 15 she had been on the cover of Rolling Stone. By 20 she was dating (the much older) Glenn Campbell. She's had big hits ("San Antonio Stroll," "I'll Come Back as Another Woman") and stints in rehab. She met Elvis and performed with everyone from Bob Hope to Little Richard.
Tucker recently hit the road for the first time in five years. She performs Friday at Seven Flags in Clive.
Tucker is playing with a largely new band of musicians. What will it sound like? Listen to her records.
"I'm a real stickler on sounding like the records," Tucker said during a phone interview. "I don't want to go to a show and hear someone like Merle (Haggard) change "Okie from Muskogee." Do it like I know it! To make it something else isn't impressive to me. If I want to stretch out, I'll do something else."
But Tucker does want to stretch out a bit. She hadn't put out a new album since 2009's "My Turn." She's recorded new songs, but they won't be played anytime soon. Tucker said she's anxious to play some new material live, but she has more than 40 years of material to get her new musicians acquainted with.
Another problem is that "My Turn" didn't sell especially well. Tucker wants to make sure people will be able to hear her songs and the current market for music sales isn't strong for anyone, let alone legacy acts.
"I'm holding back and waiting to see what we can do," Tucker said. "If the music's still great, it will be great 10 or 20 years from now. I want to get some music out there since I'm touring, but I don't want to do it unless it's just right. So I'm stuck in a little pickle. I'm back on the road, doing all my own hits, but nothing is out, record-wise. That's what we're lacking."
Tucker said she's focusing on producing her own material, saying quite candidly that she's worked with producers who have worked with Dwight Yoakam and Barbara Streisand.
"I wasn't allowed to say anything, but I'll say it now. The guy who produced Dwight did a great job for him, but didn't know me. Barbara Streisand's producer was great for her, crap for me. It doesn't impress me how many people you've worked with; I want a producer who listens to me."
It goes back to Tucker needing someone she can trust. She trusted Billie Sherrill, producer of "Delta Dawn" (he died Aug. 4). She trusted her father, who acted as her manager until he died in 2006. She said she could count on her dad, because other managers might drop her for hot new talent. "I was the only horse in his barn."
With whatever comes next, Tucker is the one taking the reins.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Seven Flags, 2100 N.W. 100th St., Clive