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'Tuckerville' shows another side of star

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Tanya Tucker has sowed her share of wild and woolly oats.

She scored her first hit, "Delta Dawn," at the tender age of 13.

She had a tumultuous affair with Glen Campbell, 22 years her senior, when she was 21.

And she acquired a cocaine habit in her 20s.

But the country music icon makes no apologies.

"I've done some crazy things," she said during a phone interview recently from Delaware, where she was performing at a NASCAR event.

Tucker hopes that her latest project, the TLC reality series "Tuckerville," will put the past to bed.

"Maybe people will see this, and they'll understand me," she said. "I have some of the same problems as everybody else, and maybe after this, they'll be able to relate to me a little better."

Tucker is a single mom to three children, Presley, 16, Grayson, 13, and Layla, 7, on a 500-acre estate outside Nashville.

She deals with the same issues every mother faces: getting the kids to school on time; helping them with their extracurricular projects, in Presley's case launching a singing career.

"Tuckerville" likely will be a good thing for Presley, who has inherited her mother's throaty voice if not her relentless work ethic.

"I told (her), in this business you gotta do stuff all the time that you don't like,"' said Tucker. "My life was constantly filled with stuff that I didn't want to do. Sometimes you gotta go out there (and perform) when your biggest heartache is happening."

-- Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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