By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Shonna Tucker struck out on her own, and she likes where she is.
The Muscle Shoals native served as bass player and singer for the Drive-By Truckers for eight years before departing in late 2011. And now she’s back with her new band, Eye Candy, and the band released its debut album, “A Tell All,” in October 2013.
“It’s turned out to be a ton of work. (With the Truckers) we were touring relentlessly, we had such a huge entourage, we had roadies, a bus driver, publicist, all this crazy stuff. I’m doing all of that more (now) – it’s a lot more work for me, personally, but it’s so freeing,” Tucker said in a phone interview with the Journal. “We’re not touring like the Truckers did. We’re playing as much as we can and keep things afloat, because we love to do it. It’s been a ton of work for me to be the front person. But it’s all been so good and healthy for me to learn something new. It’s all new and it feels good to do something new.”
“A Tell All” has earned rave reviews from music critics and fans alike. Tucker wrote all of the songs on the album.
“I’d always written here and there as a teenager,” she said. “When I left the band, I was at home, and that’s all I was doing. It was the first time in eight years I had to just be still, and I just immediately started writing. It was definitely inspired by everything going on in my life at the time.”
Now based in Athens, Ga., Tucker and her band are touring in support of the album, and she’s still writing.
“That’s a new thing to me: I’m not very good at making myself write. If it’s happening, it’s happening, and I have to do it right then,” she said. “We already have a couple of new songs we’re playing live for the next record, so they’re coming along.”
She hopes fans of her work in the Truckers, or any fans of country music, will check out her new tunes.
“We’re gonna play the new record, and we’re gonna have a really good time,” Tucker said. “We’ll drink and eat and dance.”
DIM THE LIGHTS
• Who: Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy
• When: 9 p.m. March 13
• Where: Blue Canoe, Tupelo
• Cost: Free
• Info: bluecanoebar.com