I always get excited when I see when a former big country artist is getting back in the game. I told you a couple of months ago Tanya Tucker was working on a new album with Grammy winner Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings producing. What you're about to see and hear is Tucker's first original music in 17 years

Now I know you're thinking "second comeback"? Yes, let me explain. As you know, Tucker had a huge cache of number ones in the 70s; in the early 80s, things started to slow down on the charts. In 1986, Tucker released Girls Like Me which spawned a number one, "Just Another Love" and two other top five hits and another one in the top 10. Tucker's last number one hit was in June 1988, "Strong Enough to Bend".

While she continued to have several hits in the 90s; "Down to My Last Teardrop", "(Without You) What Do I Do with Me", "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane", "It's a Little Too Late" and "Soon" all peaked at number two. Since then, her chart presence has been very scarce. Just last night, I heard Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" where the Texas native gets a shout out in one of the choruses. Tucker even appeared in the video.

A lot has changed in nearly twenty years since Tucker had a song at country radio. Namely, Taylor Swift, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, a mix of traditional and modern sounding gals dominated the airwaves and some of them continue to do so. Singing competitions happened and you can bet a then 13-year-old Tanya belting "Delta Dawn" on American Idol or The Voice had a fair shot at winning.

I think what makes Tucker's second comeback significant, is that it's not necessarily about the charts or album sales, it's about reaching back in time and reaching the core of what made her such a strong, independent voice, an outlaw.

Tucker's new album, While I'm Livin' will be released on August 23rd, and, it includes a cover of Lambert's "The House That Built Me". Bold, but I think that's what Tanya Tucker is going for.

What do you think of "The Wheels of Laredo"?