Brandi Carlile might have manifested a major milestone with two of her musical heroes.
The powerhouse singer-songwriter shared a snippet of her collaboration with country music icon Tanya Tucker as the song released on Tuesday (May 30), a few days before Tucker’s next album makes its debut. “Breakfast In Birmingham” marked a watershed moment for Carlile, and the reason is twofold. She got to sing with Tucker and write the track with Bernie Taupin.
“Writing this song with [Bernie Taupin] for [Tanya Tucker] was like getting a bear hug from my heroes… I used to promise myself when I was a weird little girl that I would learn to write songs so I could grow up and write even just one with Bernie Taupin,” Carlile reflected in her Instagram caption on Tuesday afternoon. “Simultaneously I was singing San Antonio Stroll and trying to sing like I’d smoked a pack so I could go toe to toe with Tanya mother Tucker. God was pretty on the nose with this one man! Holy sh*t! It happened!”
Carlile also included a “high five” to Shooter Jennings, who produced the album with her. Tucker’s Sweet Western Sound — a 10-track collection that she announced shortly after it was confirmed that she would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this year — is set to release on Friday (June 2). See the full track list below, and listen to “Breakfast In Birmingham” featuring Carlile here:
1. Tanya (written by Billy Joe Shaver, Tanya Tucker)
2. Kindness (written by Tim Hanseroth, Phil Hanseroth)
3. Breakfast In Birmingham featuring Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Bernie Taupin)
4. Waltz Across a Moment (written by Shooter Jennings)
5. Ready As I’ll Never Be (written by Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker)
6. The List (written by Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker)
7. Letter To Linda (written by Tanya Tucker, Shooter Jennings)
8. City of Gold (written by JT Nero)
9. That Wasn’t Me (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth, Phil Hanseroth)
10. When The Rodeo Is Over (Where Do the Cowboys Go?) (written by Billy Don Burns, Craig Dillingham)