Former Truckers' members form new band
Friday, August 9, 2013
– Former Drive-By Truckers Shonna Tucker and John Neff unveiled their new band Eye Candy with "A Tell All" slated for release Oct. 15 on Sweet Nectar Records.
Eye Candy will showcase during the Americana Music Festival in Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 19.
The band recorded a cover of Roll On for the new "High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama," to which Lucero, Jason Isbell and Old Crow Medicine Show also contributed songs.
"A Tell All" features 10 songs about love and jealously, nights spent on the road and nights spent in the kitchen, the things men do to women and women do for men. "All these songs came fast, in a few months time," said Tucker, 'There was no theme or plan at all. Inspiration came from what was happening around me and that was a lot of different things. The first single, Since Jimmy Came is about a very young and single mom who thought she had found true love until she had her son. The realization of priorities. Nature at it's finest."
Eye Candy includes Tucker, who played with the Truckers for eight years, on bass and vocals, John Neff on guitar and pedal steel, Bo Bedingfield on guitar, Neil Golden on keyboards and Clay Leverett on drums. Bedingfield is singer/songwriter and leader of the Wydelles. Leverett led the Athens rock band Lona for eight years before starting honky-tonk band the Chasers. Golden, former member of the Glands and Elf Power, also writes and sings for Golden Brown.
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes
The sun finally broke through, appropriately enough, on what had been an off-and-on rainy day at the third and final day of the Newport Folk Festival towards the end of long day with Mavis Staples headlining.
And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
Concert Review: With Aldean, lightng (and volume) strike
With Kenny on the bench this year, cities have doubled down on a heavy dose of the bro country movement. Luke Bryan is playing the football stadiums while Jason Aldean takes on the ball parks.
On a rain drenched Saturday night, Aldean set up shop in center field in Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Still touring behind last year's number one... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Trampled By Turtles is an indie folk group, an alt.-country band or a bluegrass act - depending on how you choose to look at them. Perhaps it's best to view the outfit as the ultimate combo platter consisting of just about everything that's good about American music. They play wonderfully, yet they also write intelligent songs that draw everyone from Townes Van Zandt to Nirvana to Ralph Stanley. It's all good, and some (or all) of these influences can be spotted in most of Trampled By Turtles' enjoyable sounds.... »»»
If you move in alt.-country/Americana circles, you simply cannot get away from the name Parker Millsap. He's certainly one of the biggest buzz artists of 2014. Better still, his self-titled album lives up to all the hype. He's a smart songwriter and a passionate singer and is essential listening for anybody looking for high quality contemporary music. Millsap also creates music appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. You can make a case that he's a country guy, but you can also hear a lot of blues and folk. And if you attempt to put a label on him, he'll quickly tear it right off.... »»»