Ex Drive-By Trucker Shonna Tucker, and her new band Eye Candy, took time to kick back in a cozy abode in Winterville, GA, about 4 miles from downtown Athens, to dole out a treat that I now share with you dear lovers of music.
Behold an unplugged, and lovelingly languid, rendition of “Lonely People” from their just released debut “A Tell All.” Shonna’s vocal’s are like melting butter on a biscuit and that pedal steel cry really get’s to me.
No overt themes in this episode, just great music.
One of my favorite bands Durham, North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger kicks things off with the raucous Red Rose Nantahala from their new album Hawwe also take a listen o new work from Jason Isbell being supported by members of his band, the 400 Unit, and his newly betrothed Amanda Shires. Patty Griffin gives us the beautiful Mom & Dad’s Waltz from her new American Kid and we get an early listen to Shonna Tucker, and her new band Eye Candy.
And lastly we say goodbye to a country music legend with Choices by George Jones.
As always. I hope you like this episode of the Twang Nation Podcast and thank you all for listening. If you do tell a friend and let me know here at this site, Google+ , Twitter or my Facebook page.
1. Hiss Golden Messenger â€“ â€œRed Rose Nantahala”- Album: â€œHawâ€ (Paradise of Bachelors)
2. Shannon McNally â€“ Song: â€œIf It Were Mine To Keepâ€- Album: â€œLight Walker Demos EPâ€ (Sacred Sumac Music)
3. The Builders and the Butchersâ€“ Song: â€œDirt In The Groundâ€- Album: â€œWestern Medicineâ€ (Badman Recording Co. – July 2nd)
4. The Dustbowl Revival â€“ Song: â€œHard River Galâ€- Debut Album: â€œCarry Me Back Homeâ€ (self-released)
5. Jason Isbell â€“ Song: â€œTraveling Aloneâ€ â€“ Album: Southeastern (Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. – out June 11th)
6. Rita Hosking â€“ Song: â€œNothing Left Of Meâ€ â€“ Album: Little Boat (self-released)
7. Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy â€“ Song: â€œLinda Pleaseâ€ â€“ Album: ? ( ? )
8. Patty Griffin â€“ Song: â€œMom & Dad’s Waltzâ€ â€“ American Kid ( New West Records – out May 7 )
9. Eastbound Jesus â€“ Song: â€œKatie Belleâ€ Album: Northern Rock ( Self-released)
10. George Jones â€“ Song: â€œChoicesâ€
I’m just catching up with ex-Drive-By Truckers bassists and vocalist Shonna Tucker’s new project, Eye Candy.
Apparently the word has been out for some time , but somehow it’s been flying under my radar. The Athens, GA based band set up a Facebook page today and a repost by my bud at Country Fried Rock drew my attention.
From what I’ve been able to piece together aside from Tucker the band will be Athens musicians Clay Leverett (drums) and Bo Bedingfield (guitar), as well as Truckers steel guitarist John Neff.
Shonna assured me on twitter that she would be sending me more information on Eye Candy. Look for updates when I get more details.
Check the cut below and the video from a show at the storied 40 Watt club and let me know what you think.
The band member door revolves once again for the Mighty Drive-By Truckers as long-time bassist/vocalist (and ex-Mrs. Isbell) Shonna Tucker posted on the band’s site that’s she’s parting ways with Drive-by Truckers after eight years with the band. The tone of the note seems to indicate that her recent foray into singing on recent DBT albums might allow her to follow her ex-husband lead into a solo career.
Unfortunately, I come to you all with some sad news.
Itâ€™s time for me to move on to the next great thing, whatever that may be.
I want to thank each and everyone of you, with my whole heart for your overwhelming kindness and support over the years. You are the greatest fans in the world! You really do amaze and inspire me. I canâ€™t express how much you all mean to me. Your rock solid encouragement has carried me through, many nights. I have been so lucky to have had the chance to meet and talk with so many of you. Your stories and passion are so incredibly inspirational to me.
I am, without a doubt, not done. I will have a website up and running very soon so that we can keep in touch. I have a whole lot left to say and do, and I canâ€™t wait to hear what all of you are up to. This is very difficult, so Iâ€™ll leave you with thisâ€¦ for nowâ€¦
From Billboard.com – Former Drive By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell will release his solo debut, “Sirens of the Ditch,” July 10 via New West. The 11-track set features guest turns by DBT principals Patterson Hood, Shonna Tucker and Brad Morgan, plus Hood’s father David and Spooner Oldham.
“Sirens of the Ditch” was tracked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Muscle Shoals session musicians will join Isbell on the road this summer, beginning July 9 in a city to be announced. Beforehand, the artist will play warm-up shows June 20 in Little Rock, Ark., June 21 in Memphis and June 22 in Chicago.
You can hear three tracks, “Dress Blues”,”Try” and “Grown” from the new CD on Isbell’s MySpace page. Damn that boys got a voice that can melt butter!
Here is the track list for “Sirens of the Ditch”:
“Brand New Kind of Actress”
“Down in a Hole”
“Hurricanes and Hand Grenades”
“In a Razor Town”
“The Devil Is My Running Mate”