New artist Layla Tucker has put out a music video covering Merle Haggard’s 1980 hit song, “Misery and Gin”, you can check it out here. Layla has had a love for Merle all her life, and even has had chances to meet the icon. “I met Merle backstage at a TV taping he was doing. I was only 13 at the time but I was completely stunned by him being there. He stood up out of his chair, handed me his coat as he said, “hold my coat”. Those were the last words he ever spoke to me, so I had them tattooed on my arm on my 18th birthday”. Tucker’s cover of “Misery and Gin”, out today, encompasses the warmth tone that you get from listening to the original 1980 version. Layla loves playing live shows, including getting the opportunity to play the Pilgrimage Festival. Just days before her festival debut, Tucker played the historic and legendary EXIT/IN venue in Nashville during Americana Fest in 2021. In addition to playing live, Tucker often posts song covers to social media including one covering Brandi Carlile’s song “That Wasn’t Me” off her 2012 album “Bear Creek”. “This song is super special to me because personally, I have a perspective when it comes to addiction. I hold this song super close to my heart”.
Tucker was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee into a musical family. “I’ve been super fortunate that I never went through that questioning phase of life that so many artists go through. I never had to experience that period of life or those thoughts where I didn’t know what I was doing in my life. Music is a part of me, and it is close to my heart. It might as well be my heart”. When it comes to songwriting, Layla has been writing solo recently, starting with just a melody or even just two words that come to her. In addition to The Hag, Tucker loves Billy Joe Shaver, Ronnie Millsap, Tyler Childers, and Yola. On Yola, Layla mentions “Oh, Yola, I freaking love Yola”. Tucker, who signed a record deal with Fantasy Records on her 21st birthday in mid 2020 say “I had been dreaming about the day I sign my own record deal and when it happened, it made me feel so many emotions, I just can't wait to get music out”. On what she would tell new artists, Layla say “Keep your head up high, it can be strenuous at times with all of the pressure and emotion but just keep pushing”.
Stay tuned for some more exciting announcements coming from Layla in the next few months and make sure you follow Layla on Instagram at @laylatuckermusic and find more information on her website here.