The new music video for Tanya Tucker's rendition of Miranda Lambert's chart-topping 2010 hit "The House That Built Me" adds even more raw emotion to a song given new meaning by a living legend's raspy vocals and well-publicized back story.
Archival photos allow us to watch Tucker's family grow up around a pet-loving, country-singing mother. Not all babies shown are humans. In fact, a lot of images might've come from a folder named after a Jerry Clower album title, Dogs I Have Known. Beyond introducing us to past and present furry friends, Tucker acknowledges her love of horses through recent footage and a video-ending shout-out to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University.
In all seriousness, Tucker pairs memories ranging from holding babies to dating Glen Campbell with a deeply personal song based on co-writer Allen Shamblin's regular visits to his Huffman, Texas hometown. The entire presentation offers a fuller image of how the song suits Tucker's life story.
Despite suiting the overall theme and tone of new album While I'm Livin', Tucker almost resisted co-producer Brandi Carlilie's idea of covering the song.
"I was shaking my head, but she talked me into it," Tucker told Rolling Stone Country. "And Brandi was with me the whole time in the vocal booth, going, 'Try it like this.' I followed her, and it was 43 takes on the first line of the song. But now I listen to it and it gives me chills."
Expect to learn more about Tucker's relationships with Carlile and co-producer Shooter Jennings from the forthcoming documentary Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker, as teased by a recent video excerpt.
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