Shonna Tucker’s star has been rising ever since she made her vocal debut in 2005 on the Drive- By Truckers’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.” If the three songs now available from her coming new album A Tell All are any indication, her star will only get brighter.
Tucker, who left the Drive-By Truckers in late 2011 after serving as the band’s bass player for what many believe to be its eight best years, will appear at Summit City in Whitesburg on Saturday night with the band she now fronts, Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy. The new band’s country-soul sounds can be sampled at www.shonnatucker.net.
A native of music hotbead Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Tucker has been playing bass in bands since she was a young teen. She first picked up the instrument at the suggestion of her father, who noticed she was picking up bass lines with ease when she was just eight years old and learning to play a small guitar her father had bought in Mexico.
Among her teachers was David Hood, whose bass licks can be heard on Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” and other radio classics recorded in Muscle Shoals.
Tucker, who now calls Athens, Ga., home, remembers listening to the radio and trying to learn the notes to “Mustang Sally” without knowing that Hood, who lived nearby her childhood home, was the bass player she was trying to emulate.
“I never get used to how good he is as a musician,” Tucker said.
If Tucker’s vocals sound clearer and stronger on A Tell All, it is no accident.
“I’ve really delved in and buckled down and worked on my singing a lot,” the affable Tucker told The Mountain Eagle this week.
In addition to originals written by Tucker, she and the other members of Eye Candy will perform covers including “You Better Get It” by soul legend Joe Tex and “Strawberry Wine,”which Deana Carter took to the top of the country charts in 1996.
“The crowd seems to love that song,” Tucker says of “Strawberry Wine.”
Tucker said she and the other Eye Candy members, including former Drive-By Trucker John Neff, are “having the time of our lives.”
“We’re having fun, so that’s about all we can ask for,” she said. “I think I’ve rounded up a pretty good crew here.”
For more information on Saturday’s show, call 633-2715.