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Drive-By Truckers' Shonna Tucker exits

Monday, December 5, 2011 – Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker announced today she is leaving the band, although she gave no reason for her departure. She also did not indicate any future plans.

Tucker has been on tour with DBT promoting their new disc, "Go Go Boots." She started playing with the band in 2004 on "The Dirty South" CD. She had been married to Jason Isbell, who had been guitarist in the band before leaving for a solo career.

In a statement on the band' web site, Tucker said, "Unfortunately, I come to you all with some sad news. It'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 can'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 can't wait to hear what all of you are up to. This is very difficult, so I'll leave you with this... for now...Thank you all so much!"

"Safe travels and Happy Holidays to you all! See you soon somewhere..."

The band's next date is Dec. 29 in Washington, D.C.

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