Barry Billings is a Shoals Musician with a storied history. He has recently played with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Billing's song "Brother John" is featured on the 2015 Grammy-winning album Muscle Shoals Recordings by the Steel Drivers and is known as one of the highlights of the album. He has recorded with The Swampers and traveled with Marie Osmand and the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose. He has played over the years with our other featured artist Alecia Elliot.
Alecia Elliot has toured Europe, sung beneath the National Christmas Tree on the White House Lawn, and performed at a variety of music festivals and concert venues across America. She has taken the stage with a list of artists that include: Pam Tillis, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lari White, Collin Ray, Joe Diffie, Bebe and Cece Winans, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, and Christina Aguilera.
Shonna Tucker grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, listening to the same salty-sweet mix of soul and country that made up the Arthur Alexander and James Carr singles recorded there decades before. She played bass in the Shoals scene from her high-school years until starting an eight-year stint as bassist and singer for the Drive-By Truckers. During Tucker's time with the band, they released critically acclaimed albums like “Go Go Boots”, which rose to #35 on the Billboard charts and garnered significant praise. They played on Betty Lavette’s “The Scene of the Crime” which was nominated for a Grammy, followed by “Potato Hole” with Booker T. Jones, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental album at the 52nd awards show. The band made appearances on both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon’s late night shows, and toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The music she makes today flows from the same vein as the music she grew up with: songs that haunt and float like Dolly Parton’s “Down from Dover” and ones that pulse and move like Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” that are at home among the donkeys and hens on her farm in Alabama.
Shonna Tucker's debut album, “A Tell All”, was recorded by Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk). It features ten songs about love and jealously, nights spent on the road and nights spent in the kitchen, the things men do to women and women do for men. “All these songs came fast, in a few months time,” explains Tucker, ‘There was no theme or plan at all. Inspiration came from what was happening around me and that was a lot of different things. The first single, ‘Since Jimmy Came’ is about a very young and single mom who thought she had found true love until she had her son. The realization of priorities. Nature at it's finest."