Randy Rich, Editor of Nashville Music Guide recently presented long time friend and country artist Tanya Tucker with a beautiful expression of what dear friends really are.
Just over a year ago Tanya had mentioned to Randy that she had written a new song that was soon to be released. “Forever Loving You” was written for country legend Glen Campbell, someone who has long been an important part of her life. Even though the relationship had ended during the 80’s Glen was very dear to her and it was expressed that, he was the only man she ever truly loved.
Rich ran across several paintings by an artist by the name of Jerry Harris from Shreveport, LA. His work is so realistic that people have thought it to be an actual photo instead of a painting. Randy contacted Harris and told him about an idea for a portrait. He told Harris the story about the song, the title, and Tanya and Glen. It wasn’t long until this breathtaking portrait came to life.
On September 9th at a sold out crowd, at the Sugar Creek Casino, in Hinton, OK, Rich presented the portrait to Tanya Tucker. Tucker’s show was superb, every note right on target as she brightened up the stage with her high energy performance. Though Tucker is pushing on the 60 mark, she’s one sexy lady full of class and style.
During the show, Tucker honored her hero’s Loretta Lynn, the late Don Williams, and Merle Haggard, as well as asking prayers for the family of another great, Troy Gentry. Tucker’s stage performance is real and on the money. While a lot of the artists these days use filler with special effect machines and voice overs, you won’t get that with a Tanya Tucker show. You’ll get the real deal.
Special appearance by Glen Campbell’s son Travis, on drums during the performance of “Wichita Lineman” was a great surprise for the fans. Travis actually lives in Winfield Kansas with his wife of 18 years. Travis Campbell thanked Tucker for her heartfelt hospitality and the respect she gave to him and his wife. He told her how it brought back wonderful memories of being on the road with his dad as a kid.
Tucker fully supported the children of Glen Campbell during the legal process of civil court when they were seeking legal rights to see their father during his time of illness. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed an act called the Campbell/Falk Act which protects the rights of communication for people who are incapacitated or wards of the state and those who have authority to help them. It helps to stop Guardian Abuse and the rights of family and individuals who seek to protect them.
The presentation of the portrait was even more special with Travis being there for the unveiling. Rich first met Tanya Tucker in early 80’s during a show where she was appearing at KXY’s first summer bash on the bill with John Schneider. Rich even described the outfit Tucker was wearing but she politely corrected him on that memory, as she remembered the outfit immediately.
What a wonderful story and such a beautiful portrait to honor an amazing lady, a true country gentleman, and true love.
All photos courtesy of Randy Rich, Editor Nashville Music Guide. For more information on Tanya and her music please visit tanyatucker.com
Story By Sherryl Craig