If you think you know Shonna Tucker from her years playing bass with Drive-By Truckers, then you are in for a surprise with her debut album of her songwriting with her new band, Eye Candy. The songs are sweet, fun, grooving, mellow, occasionally dark and reflective — a nice analogy for her last couple of years. Given the amazing band of John Neff (another former Trucker and player on nearly every record out of Athens in the last 15 years that I can recall), Bo Bedingfield, Clay Leverett, and Neil Golden, the record could easily move into heavier territory, but Tucker’s voice keeps it lighter and balances the monster playing. A Tell All has instant sing-alongs and lyrics that will make you laugh aloud, but also some deeper themes that are even a bit disturbing. If you are looking for a repeat of her previous band, you will not find it in this album; if you are looking for a solid hang out and have a mellow happy time, or weekend morning drive record — with a fantastic band and guest keys from Spooner Oldham — then you will be thrilled with A Tell All. Be sure to order the recipe poster, designed by our alum, Jack Logan, with Shonna Tucker’s recipes!
- Shonna Tucker A Tell All on Amazon or Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy on iTunes.
- The Wydelles/Bo Bedingfield We have a world premiere song in the radio show from their upcoming full-length album, but here’s their EP, Cleargreen EP or Bo Bedingfield & the Wydelles on iTunes.
- Jack Logan & Scott Baxendale on Amazon or on iTunes. We recently featured Logan, and he designed the album art and collectible recipe poster for A Tell All.
- Paul Simon The Essential Paul Simon on Amazon or on iTunes. Of all the amazing music that has come from Muscle Shoals, “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon may be one of the most recognizable for the bass lines by David Hood, especially for people just discovering the elements of music.
- The Whigs In the Dark on Amazon or on iTunes. Engineered by Kyle Spence, who produced and engineered this Eye Candy album, too. Spence has played in many noted bands, as well, including Harvey Milk and Koncak, the band with Nuci Phillips, in whose memory Nuci’s Space was founded.
- Please prevent musicians’ suicide with us HERE — songs from Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy, Jack Logan, and tons of other great bands with ALL proceeds going to Nuci’s Space.
- Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham Moments From This Theater on Amazon or on iTunes. Oldham is a legendary keys player and joins Eye Candy for two songs on A Tell All, but he also has written or co-written tons of amazing songs, including “Cry Like A Baby,” made famous by The Box Tops — fronted by Alex Chilton, later of Big Star, hence the film below, which you must see.
- High Cotton: Tribute to Alabama (the band) on Amazon or on iTunes. Tucker sings “Roll On” on this tribute to the band, Alabama, with an incredible lineup of Americana musicians on this tribute record.
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