Bassist Shonna Tucker announced her departure from the Drive-By Truckers yesterday in a message posted on the band’s website stating:
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…
All my love,
Frontman Patterson Hood confirmed her departure, denoting that long-time producer David Barbe will be taking on bass duties over the course of the band’s upcoming shows. The Drive-By Truckers have high-profile gigs over New Years weekend at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., as well as their annual Athens homecoming run at the 40 Watt in January.
Tucker has played bass with the band since late 2003, performing over 1,000 shows and appearing on a number of well-received studio albums.