Tuck Tucker started his musical career in 1975, when he joined the national touring group Harmony Grits Band. Tucker was hired to replace the departing dobro player. At that time Harmony Grits was an all acoustic Bluegrass band, however, in 1977 they crossed over to Outlaw country. That change doubled their touring dates and destinations. They were touring 6 days a week. During this time Tucker was playing dobro, acoustic and electric guitars. In 1980 a record company approach them about a record deal. Unfortunately, after touring for three years straight with no down time for resting the rigorous schedule took its toll on the band. They disbanded in January 1980.
Tucker immediately started looking for another band to perform with. A band that he was acquainted with came to perform in his hometown, so he grabbed his dobro and off he went. He asked if he could set in and they said yes, at the end of the evening they invited him to return the next night. Things went great so at the end of the second night they asked him to join them in Dahlonega, Ga. Tucker went on to perform, travel, and record with this group, Red & Murphy & Co. for the next 5 years.
It was during that time when he met and married his love, Edwina. It wasn’t long after they married that Red and Murphy decided to move to Winchester, Virginia. Tucker decided to stay in Florida. It wasn’t an easy decision for him. He chose to put his musical career on the back burner to work a traditional day job to support his wife and child.
So for the next 22 years he worked hard to keep his music alive. He played with many different groups during that time such as Endless Highway, The Adobe Brothers, The Driftwoods, Dale Crider, The Marshall Tucker Band to name a few. He also played on multiple CD projects with local Gainesville bands, as well as, that nationally known group The Marshall Tucker Band.
After Tucker’s son Cory left home Tucker decided to go back, playing music full time. This is where we stand and will see you down the road.