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Georgia Music News 10/14/13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   
ImageAfter spending nearly eight years down with the dirty boys in Drive-By Truckers, during which time she gradually submitted her own songs to the band’s repertoire, Shonna Tucker departed in late 2011 and wasted little time putting together her own group, Eye Candy. In addition to her fellow ex-DBTer John Neff, the lineup currently includes such familiar Athens players as Clay Leverett, Bo Bedingfield and Neil Golden. Set for release Oct. 15th, the group’s debut album A Tell All is a slow-roasting charmer, evoking an early-to-mid ‘70s radio feel (both AM and FM, when songs by Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Linda Ronstadt were heard on pop and rock radio); from that same time period, distinct echoes of Laurel Canyon, Nashville and Tucker’s Muscle Shoals hometown also reveal themselves. There’s a relaxing warmth to this recording as well as a shrugging disregard for modern trendiness; at the heart of the tracklisting comes a low-key, minute-and-a-half acoustic song titled “Old Fashioned” that’s basically the whole album’s center of gravity not to mention attitudinal blueprint. Release show is at the 40 Watt on Saturday, Oct. 19th.

The fourth and final installment in The Coathangers’ series of limited-edition split singles is coming out Oct. 15th, and as was the case with the tracks on their prior splits with Davila 666, Heavy Cream and Nu Sensae, “Adderall” has already become a live staple, with its slogging mud-boot groove and raspy Stephanie Luke lead vocals. Orange County act Audacity takes up the flip side of the 7-inch, limited to 750 copies (500 black vinyl, 250 blue or blue & white). See ’em locally next at the Drunken Unicorn Oct. 19th in the waning days of their tour with Guitar Wolf.

Efren’s one of Athens’ better post-DBTs literate Southern rock acts, and now that band’s frontman Scott Low is out with his debut solo album, The Stories I Shouldn’t Tell. His bio drops the one-name influences Hank, Cash, Townes and Dylan and says that “divorce and children mixed with dirt roads” inform his sound… you get the picture.

In a rerun from late September, Goodie Mob are on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, Oct. 17th… Cee-Lo’s also gonna be on Live with Kelly & Michael on Tuesday, Oct. 15th… T-Boz and Chilli are guesting on The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday, Oct. 17th, promoting the upcoming VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Cast members from the Atlanta-filmed flick are also slated to appear.

Mothers, the musical moniker of Athens-based artist Kristine Leschper, will be performing strikingly haunting and intimate folk songs on Live in the Lobby this Thursday, Oct. 15th… Juna will play their loud, plodding, depressing dirges on the same program this Thursday, Oct. 17th…. Airing most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on University of Georgia student station WUOG, 90.5 FM, Live in the Lobby showcases a variety of local musical talent.
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