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article imageReview: An evening with Tanya Tucker at The Paramount Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 25, 2016 in Music
Huntington - Country singer Tanya Tucker performed at The Paramount in Huntington on Sept. 24, with Shotgun Wedding as her opening act.
She began her set with the spitfire "Some Kind of Trouble" and immediately broke into the sassy "I'll Come Back as Another Woman." "Hello, New York. It's good to see you. I told you I would come back," she said.
"Thank you for hangin' in with me all these years," she said, and immediately broke into "Hangin' In." She praised The Paramount for being a "beautiful place with beautiful people." "We are ready to rock," she added, and she performed "Strong Enough to Bend," with mandolin accompaniment as blue and green lights graced the stage.
It was followed by "Walking Shoes," which ironically enough, the veteran songstress revealed that she has "several different pairs of colors." She continued with "Little Things," which she described as her "last big record."
Other songs included an acoustic version of "The Jamestown Ferry" and the upbeat "San Antonio Stroll," where she had the audience clapping along. Following "Love Me Like You Used To," she told her fans, "I still love you too."
"Can't Run From Yourself" had a neat acoustic guitar solo to it, and she went on to perform a song about a Rainman called "Lizzie and the Rainman," proving that she is a true song stylist. She picked up the pace with "If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight," and she sat on a stool where she paid homage to such greats as Glen Campbell ("By the Time I Get to Phoenix") and the late Merle Haggard ("The Way I Am").
"It's a Little Too Late" was upbeat and sassy, and delivered an emotional rendition of "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane," which were in honor of her parents. She complimented the fans for being "beautiful" yet again, and introduced her five-piece band.
After singing a verse of "Amazing Grace," she closed her set with her signature song "Delta Dawn," which earned her a standing ovation from the Paramount audience.
The Verdict
Overall, Tanya Tucker's show at The Paramount was entertaining and nostalgic. She was able to bring her fans back to simpler times, and the audience loved her in return.
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