Tennessee Craft announces Tanya Tucker, groundbreaking country music icon, as the 2017 Tennessee Craft Week Honorary Chairman. Tucker, the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards, is known for her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence. She is one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the country music genre.
Tennessee Craft Executive Director Teri Alea says, “We are honored to have Tanya Tucker help spread the word about the quality of our Tennessee artisans. Tanya embodies the spirit of these artists with her singular dedication to her music, crafting beautiful performances, and impacting people’s lives with her talent.”
In 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said: “You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” Truer words have never been spoken. Tucker continues to dazzle audiences across the U.S. and Canada. She kicks off this week-long focus on crafts in late September and will preside as the voice of Tennessee Craft Week, October 6-15, 2017.
“I am so pleased to be involved with Tennessee Craft and support the work they do – training, nurturing and building the reputation of craft artists,” said Ms. Tucker. “Tennessee is my home – there is such a creative spirit about the people here! The rich tradition of music, arts, and fine handmade craft attracts more national attention each year and continues to build the reputation of local artists.”
Tennessee Craft Week shines a spotlight on craft artists across the state each October. The art of handmade crafts is a Tennessee legacy that intensifies each year. Crafts, born from the hills of the Smoky Mountains, are evolving with artists using contemporary materials, ingenious ideas, and new ways of handling the raw materials. Handmade crafts are bringing local communities together, driving economic impact across the state and creating a desire for tourists to get a glimpse of Tennessee. TCW is a time to celebrate the craft artwork, Made in Tennessee and take home an authentic treasure. This October campaign is in conjunction with American Craft Week, an annual recognition of craft across the nation.
Tennessee Craft gained national attention earning top honors with the American Craft Week Star Award in 2015 and 2016 for its statewide craft demonstrations, showcasing engaging “hands on” experiences at all Tennessee Welcome Centers and the Nashville International Airport. With nearly 75 official events already planned for this year, numerous regional Signature Events and hundreds of artists involved, Tennessee Craft Week leads the way for dedicated craft artists to excel and thrive.
See our Tennessee Craft Week webpage for events, participants, photos and details from past years.
TANYA TUCKER 2017 TOUR:
Sept. 09 Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton, Okla.
Sept. 15 Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet, Ill.
Sept. 16 Andy Williams Moon River Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 5D Steakhouse & Lounge – Yorktown, Texas
Oct. 06 Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 07 House Pasture Cattle Company – Concan, Texas
Oct. 22 Festival Grounds – Niceville, Fla.
Dec. 05 Higley Center For The Performing Arts – Gilbert, Ariz.
Dec. 08 Harris Center For The Arts – Folsom, Calif.
Dec. 10 Parker Arts – Parker, Colo.
Dec. 12 Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
May 05 Mill Town Music Hall – Bremen, Ga.