Tanya Tucker

performance, teamed with Grand Funk Railroad concert, make Darlington
Raceway’s pre-race ceremonies a nostalgic celebration of the early 70’s


SC (July 27, 2015) – Joining in Darlington Raceway’s celebration of the
early 1970’s during its Labor Day weekend events, will be country music
legend Tanya Tucker, who will perform the National Anthem for the
Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 6.

Tucker, a longtime Nashville recording artist, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner live on NBC.

“We are excited to have country music icon Tanya Tucker perform our
National Anthem for the Bojangles’ Southern 500,” track President Chip
Wile said. “Tanya Tucker has been a mainstay in Nashville since the
early 1970’s. Her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner will be a
can’t-miss for our great race fans.”

For four decades, Tucker’s sultry voice and vivacious stage presence
has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female
vocalists in the country music genre.

Part of that appeal lies in the fact that her resume contains some of
the most groundbreaking songs of the format’s history. Songs like Alex
Harvey’s Delta Dawn, Dallas Frazier’s What’s Your Mama’s Name and David Allan Coe’s Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
firmly established Tanya Tucker as an artist from whom you could always
expect the unexpected. Her early hits also contained some
kick-up-your-heels moments, like Texas (When I Die), San Antonio Stroll, and Here’s Some Love.

And, the best is yet to come for this future Country Music Hall of
Fame member. With a new album forthcoming, the powerhouse vocalist is
set to remind listeners just why artists such as Miranda Lambert and
Gretchen Wilson consider her to be one of their biggest influences.
She’s lived a life full of love and heartbreak, and bounced back no
matter the odds. In the crazy world of the music business, Tanya Tucker
defines the word “legend,” but also “survivor.”

Tucker’s anthem performance adds yet another element to an already
exciting 1970’s-style pre-race. She will join legendary rock band Grand
Funk Railroad, who will be performing the pre-race concert for the 66th
running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Fans have the exclusive opportunity to watch the Grand Funk Railroad
concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the
purchase of a Bojangles’ Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race
access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not
only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include
an up close view of the Sprint Cup Series drivers as they are
introduced to the crowd.

Photo by Alan Messer

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