Shonna Tucker, bass-player for Drive-By Truckers since replacing Earl Hicks prior to releasing The Dirty South, has announced today that she’s leaving the band to pursue “the next great thing, whatever that may be.” Patterson Hood responded hours later to confirm that Shonna has indeed left the band, to be replaced on upcoming shows by David Barbe, who has played with the DBTs since 2000. “We appreciate our fans and supporters and your caring and concern,” Hood writes. “Decisions like this are not made lightly … everyone involved deeply cares for each other.”
Membership changes have been no shock to the Truckers, who have seemingly undergone more changes than any band since Fleetwood Mac. But Tucker’s absence will be missed. Here’s hoping she has as much success in her post-DBTs career as her ex-husband Jason Isbell has had with his band the 400 Unit.