Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy – A Tell All


The first time I saw Shonna Tucker she gave me the bird – well maybe it wasn’t aimed directly at me but I was front and centre at my first DBT gig and Shonna and the boys had just completed a typical barnstorming set and aside the music it’s stuck in my memory – I’ve yet to see the band post-Shonna and like many fans of DBT have no interest in the politics that led to Shonna or indeed ex-husband Jason Isbell leave, but when her tenure with DBT ended I has hoping that she would step up front and centre herself and indeed she has with a new band including ex-DBT guitar / steel player John Neff and Clay Leverett (drums), Bo Bedingfield (guitar) and Neil Golden (keys) (with a guest appearance from Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham on Fender Rhodes. The album was co-produced by Kyle Spence and the band, together they also recorded a track for High Cotton: A Tribute To Alabama – which also features contributions from Jason Isbell, Lucero and Old Crow Medicine Show (I’ve added it to my wish list).

A Tell All is set for release October 15th on Sweet Nectar Records and available to pre-order now on Vinyl and CD,  the albums ten songs are all originals penned by Shonna plus a co-write with John Neff and represent a cross-section of Shonna’s influences including of course the wonderful sound of Muscle Shoals where she grew up, “All these songs came fast, in a few months time. There was no theme or plan at all. Inspiration came from what was happening around me and that was a lot of different things”, here’s a taster of what’s in-store, you can listen to a trio of tracks from the album at Bandcamp, watch the EPK and listen to a great interview courtesy of Sloane Spencer and Country Fried Rock as she chat’s to Shonna about her musical journey, the band and the album.

New York – New York

Keeping on the New York theme from the previous post I’ve trawled the Beat Surrender music vaults and come up with an eclectic Big Apple mix
Chris is touring in the UK in May, check out the dates here
Featuring pedal steel and harmony vocals from the Drive-by Truckers John Neff
Lovely track from the Canadian indie-folk chanteuse first album “Orchestra for the Moon”
Great track from Dream Syndicates Steve Wynn and Green on Red’s Dan Stuart, taken from their second Danny & Dusty album “Cast Iron Soul”
This track from his first album Magpie, apparantly he loved New York so much he recorded his follow up album there.
Rock-Indie-Country, so says the bands myspace, make your own mind up
Charlyn’s breathy vocal gives a “classic” Sinatra track a makeover
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