On September 29th, I had the honor of attending my first ever red-carpet event to provide media coverage of the Nashville Film Festival’s 53rd opening night presentation of The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile. Not only was this a special evening full of firsts for me, including enjoying a fantastic theater experience at the historic Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, TN., it was a first for my husband and teen daughter as well. We enjoyed ourselves immensely! I’d love to share my thoughts on this film, with (hopefully) no spoilers for you.  

Opening Night: 53rd Nashville Film Festival:

53rd Nashville Film Festival opening night
Courtesy: Nashville Film Festival, Photographer is Mitch Beard 

My thanks to the Nashville Film Festival for my media accreditation which allowed me to attend this and other festival events.

my media badge for NashFilm Festival

About The return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile: 

The Return of Tanya Tucker feat Brandi Carlile

Courtesy: Nashville Film Festival 

Documentary: Rated R: Run Time 108 minutes: Director: Kathlyn Horan Cast: Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile 

Film Synopsis from Sony Picture Classics: 

“Trailblazing, hell-raising country music legend Tanya Tucker defied the standards of how a woman in country music was supposed to behave. Decades after Tanya slipped from the spotlight, rising Americana music star Brandi Carlile takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her hero based on Tanya’s extraordinary life, spurring the greatest comeback in country music history. Taking stock of the past while remaining vitally alive in the present and keeping an eye on the future, The Return of Tanya Tucker is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration.”  

Tanya Tucker Then: 

When I think of Tanya Tucker, I think of my mom and I  signing along to classic country songs including Ms. Tuckers Delta Dawn and What’s your Mama’s name. While Tanya Tucker wasn't a favorite singer of my moms ( Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette were her faves), Tanya Tucker's music was in heavy rotation on the radio, so I heard her often. There’s a reason she’s known around the world for her rendition of Delta Dawn. Take a listen! 


Delta Dawn:

Tanya Tucker Now:

Tanya Tucker at NashFilm Festival red carpet event
Courtesy: Nashville Film Festival, Photographer is Mitch Beard 

My Thoughts:

 I’m struck by a life fully etched on this country music icon's face. She’s real, approachable, and still showing that legendary hell-raiser persona. Tanya Tucker is not a Hollywood glam star we’ve become accustomed to from today’s stars in all genres, in music and film. She was pulled together and done up in her own unique way. I was drawn to her realness and warmth immediately. 


Watching Brandi Carlile meet her singing idol for the first time, was heartwarming and set the stage for a beautiful partnership. I loved how Brandi, who grew up adoring Tanya Tucker and knows every single song of hers by heart, took it upon herself to say something along the lines of: I see you and how you shaped country music, especially, the sound and vocals of female singers into what it is today. I asked myself, do any of them know where this style of singing originated? Tanya Tucker, that’s who.  

Sometimes in life, we all need somebody to see us, to go the extra mile, to show up and stay, help us see the next chapter, and even help write it. That is exactly what Brandi Carlile did for Tanya Tucker! Make no mistake though, Tanya Tucker is still a power house singer, who knows herself fully and it shows in how she approaches every song and recording showcased in this documentary. You'll find yourself tapping your foot and maybe singing along and you will be moved! We laughed a lot, we enjoyed good music and watched a new friendship blossom AND we watched Tanya Tucker become a star of today's country music scene.

Here’s the official trailer for you to get a taste of why we loved this documentary. 


 The Return Of Tanya Tucker Trailer:


 The Return of Tanya Tucker Coming to Theaters this month!

Tanya Tucker and Director Kathlyn Horan
Courtesy: Nashville Film Festival, Photographer is Mitch Beard

The Return of Tanya Tucker, by Sony Picture Classics will be in theaters on October 21, 2022, first in Los Angeles and New York and then other cities across the US. For my local readers, I see that the Franklin theater will be playing The Return of Tanya Tucker on November 4, 2022. For a list of showings, go here

The Takeaway: 

The Belcourt Theatre Nashville TN.

Seeing this film with my family was an amazing experience. I left the Belcourt Theatre moved and overjoyed for every person involved with the making of this documentary. Tanya Tucker is back on the country music scene and is currently on tour.

You can learn more about all that’s happening with Tanya Tucker at her website here.  Brandi Carlile is also on tour. If you aren’t familiar with her music, I invite you to learn more about her here on her website. She is a talented, multi-genre performer not to be missed.

Nashville Film Festival Flag

My thanks to the Nashville Film Festival and Belcourt Theatre for a lovely evening! I’ll be adding more coverage of the Nashville Film Festival events this week and hope to visit the Belcourt Theater again very soon. Be sure to visit the Nashville Film Festival to grab tickets to events this week here and find a new film to see at The Belcourt Theatre here.  


Please share in comments: If you are a Tanya Tucker fan, will you go see this documentary? 


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