You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl. Bless Tanya Tucker for putting that adage to rest.

Appearing at the Cellar Door last night, Tucker unveiled new dimensions as a performer. It was in 1972 when she was a sprite of 13 that Tucker had her first hit on the country charts with "Delta Dawn." Now a confident 20-year-old, she has succumbed to a musical seven-year itch with a significant separation from the country realm she has inhabited so successfully.

Tanya Tucker is now a rocker with compeling interpretations of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley tunes, as well as several originals. Her voice, which gets as gritty as it needs to be, is the major tool, but much of Tucker's dynamic impact derives from the assuredness of her movements and her total control of audience interaction. Above all, she's a pro and a delight to watch.

She also has engough sense to sing five or six of her country hits, but it's obvious she's having more fun with the newer material. Tanya Tucker as a country artist was never a minor talent, but with her expanded material and tougher edge, she is on the way to becoming a major star.