Tanya Tucker likely has one of the most striking and distinctive voices in country music history. The fact that she wasn't yet fourteen when her debut album, 1972's Delta Dawn, was released speaks volumes to her prodigious talent. In fact, Tanya's vocal talents display a level of maturity that belie her young age to such a degree it's often easy to forget that this is a child singing. If I didn't know otherwise, I would have no problem believing that Tanya was in her twenties when this album was recorded. While the album's material isn't as consistently strong as Tanya's voice, it comes close enough to make this one of the more satisfying debuts in the history of country music.
The album was produced by the legendary Billy Sherrill, and its overall sound is in line with Sherrill's typical Nashville Sound style that he famously used to great effect with artists like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Paycheck, and David Allan Coe. While this production style is a bit more commercial-friendly than some might like (the steel guitar tends to fade in the background and there isn't much in the way of fiddles), it would be considered highly traditional by today's standards, and Tanya's voice and the song arrangements themselves are unmistakably country.