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Shonna Tucker, The Drive-By Truckers

How would you describe your music?

Our music is Rock n Roll...a little southern country, a little southern sweet soul. Beautiful songs about terrible things. Some soft and pretty, some hard and loud...always big.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

We work as a democracy in every aspect. We really do work together to make decisions about our work. We all have free creative range when it comes to studio as well. No one tells anyone of us what to play or how to write or sing. It's very close to us all being able to do whatever we want, and it actually works. All of our opinions count equally.

Describe your gear.

I play a Fender Precision bass through an Ampeg SVT/4-10 cabinet combo at our live shows these days. I love Fender and Ampeg!

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I don't believe that there is a difference. When I was a teenager, I felt like maybe I had to work a little harder to prove that I was a real player. I knew I could play, I just had to convince the dudes to give me a chance. Once I got past this, I did have a ton of support back home though. I was lucky to have some pretty incredible mentors. Mostly men, a few women. The beautiful part of making music, is that it does not matter if you're a man or a woman, a kid or an adult, what color or race you are...it's truly the Universal language.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"I don't know if there are more women musicians today or not, but I do think that maybe there are more ways of knowing about them. Television, internet, etc. I guess it seems more acceptable today. Maybe this means that women feel more confident and comfortable doing what they do. It's ok to be talented! As the years go by, becomes more and more ok for women to be independent and hold careers of their own and this includes musicians. "

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

My dear friend Spooner told me once two very important things.... "The more stuff you have, the less you need" and "take more pictures". I would pass this along to anyone just starting their journey in the music world. And to just always do what you do the way you do it. Don't be confined to one style or sound, but don't lose who you are. Always study, practice and go see as many live shows as you can. And learn to say "thank you".

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

The feel of the bass has always caught my attention. When I was a kid learning how to make chords on the guitar, I would always throw the pick down and play bass lines. (Mostly playing along with Creedence Clearwater Revival cassettes) I don't even think it was the bass line itself that grabbed my attention, just the way it made me feel. Luckily, my Daddy recognized this and got me a bass for my 12th birthday.

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