Tell All

A Tell All

by Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy
     
 

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Most folks first became aware of Shonna Tucker when she signed on as bassist with the Drive-By Truckers, debuting on 2004's The Dirty South, but it wasn't until 2008's Brighter Than Creation's Dark that she stepped forward as a songwriter, and tunes like "Dancing Ricky" and

Overview

Most folks first became aware of Shonna Tucker when she signed on as bassist with the Drive-By Truckers, debuting on 2004's The Dirty South, but it wasn't until 2008's Brighter Than Creation's Dark that she stepped forward as a songwriter, and tunes like "Dancing Ricky" and "Home Field Advantage" showed she had a real knack for creating small but pointed sketches of affairs of the heart. In 2013, Tucker stepped out on her own, and her first album with her band Eye Candy, A Tell All, shows that she can fill a whole album with the sort of gems she showed off one or two at a time with the DBTs. These songs move back and forth between country, R&B, and folk influences, but Tucker always sounds proudly, defiantly Southern, not just in terms of her music and the solid, easily versatile support of her band (featuring fellow DBTs veteran John Neff) but in stories that deal with love, family, and relationships both good and bad in a manner that's long on home truth and short on BS. "Since Jimmy Came" and "Linda Please" offer two perspectives on how a child can change a woman's life, "A Family Dinner" and "I Brought a Pie" deal with the difficulties of family relationships, especially when gossip and hard feelings get in the way, "Old Fashioned" and "You Went All the Way" say a lot in a few words about the restorative power of love, and "Lonely People" is a sweetly heartbreaking meditation on emotional isolation. Tucker's lyrics are often pithy and to the point, but they also catch a wealth of feelings with striking accuracy, and her vocals are the perfect match for these songs, just pretty enough to communicate and just human enough to make them sound nothing but real. Delivering ten songs in less than 35 minutes, one of the few flaws of A Tell All is that there ought to be more of it, but what's here is lovely stuff, and hopefully this is the beginning of a long and fruitful career for Tucker and her new crew.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2013
Label:
Sweet Nector
UPC:
0634457625327
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
108251

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy   Primary Artist
John Neff   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Guiro
Spooner Oldham   fender rhodes,Guest Appearance
Neil Golden   Keyboards
Clay Leverett   Drums,Vocals
Shonna Tucker   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Bo Bedingfield   Guitar,Vocals,Shaker

Technical Credits

John Neff   Composer
Kyle Spence   Producer,Engineer
Huw Evans   Layout
Jimmy Nutt   Keyboard Engineer
Shonna Tucker   Composer
Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy   Producer
Jack Logan   Artwork

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