MemoriesI suppose my favorite Tucker memories were from working on their first album.
At that time they had not become a touring band. Most of the members had day jobs.
I remember Toy Caldwell driving the four hours from South Carolina down to Macon,
playing on the sessions, after having worked all day at his plumber's job.
They had that fresh, youthful eagerness about them at that time and were glad to
just get the chance to do something in the music world. We all were
pretty hungry then. I had not yet proven myself as a producer. The
band's sound was not yet as defined as it later was. We had more room
to experiment in the studio. We spent 8 weeks, day & night working on
that project, trying to create a sound that had not been done yet.
That was a long time to spend on one project. When we emerged from
the studio at the end of 2 months, we had been so close to the thing,
that none of us had any idea if it was great or trash. All we could
do was turn it over to the record company and wait to see what they
thought. I'm not sure that Capricorn Records knew what to do with it
either. They held on to it for a while. Finally, after the band
started opening shows for the Allman Bros, they were getting noticed
a lot and the fans loved them. Capricorn decided it was time to take
a chance, and put the record out. It immediately got great reviews,
and from the combined exposure the band had gotten from touring with
the Allmans, the momentum made the record take off. I think I was as
surprised as the band was, when the record became a hit. The rest is
history, as they say. This was my first hit and I can't begin to tell
you what a feeling that is! It's like striking the Mother Lode after
many years of dry prospecting!
- Paul Hornsby