SHONNA TUCKER & EYE CANDY
“A Tell All”
Kindred spirits: Neko Case, Mary Lou Lord, Drive-By Truckers
Show: Tuesday at Hill Country. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com. Free.
Shonna Tucker spent nearly a decade performing and writing songs with the Drive-By Truckers (“I’m Sorry Huston,” “Home Field Advantage”) before splitting to pursue a solo career. As a result, her first solo album, “A Tell All,” doesn’t have the shakiness of some debuts. Tucker displays the ease and consistency of a veteran performer with the help of her band, Eye Candy.
Tucker’s solo work is most immediately different from the Truckers’ in its brightness. Even on its moodier tracks, “A Tell All” has an uptempo pop sheen. Album-opener “Since Jimmy Came” is reminiscent of the warmth and springiness of Mary Lou Lord’s work, while the pouty sass on “I Bought a Pie” is intensified by a super-catchy guitar riff. The seductive twang of “Linda Please” pays homage to Dolly Parton’s pleading on “Jolene,” and “Your Jealousy” sways with a blend of pop and country.