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Published: 2012/12/27

John Neff Announces His Departure from Drive-By Truckers

It appears that longtime Drive-By Truckers guitarist John Neff has quit the band. Earlier today Neff posted a simple, direct statement on his Facebook page, which indicates, “Today I quit the Drive-by Truckers. Thanks for all the friendships. Let’s keep in touch.” Neff appeared on the group’s debut record, Gangstabilly and later joined the band in studio for Pizza Deliverance, and Decoration Day before becoming a full-time touring member of the group in 2006. At present the band has not issued a statement regarding his departure, however one as-yet-unconfirmed story making the rounds (which seems unlikely) is that former Widespread Panic guitarist George McConnell was contacted about potentially joining the group for their three-night New Year’s Eve run at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, which kicks off on Saturday.


There are 13 comments associated with this post

billdo December 27, 2012, 15:35:53

GMAC to the Truckers?? mmmmmmmmmk

EB December 27, 2012, 16:05:46

Wow… just wow

Jerry Springer December 27, 2012, 16:57:55

Pretty much the whole band has abandoned ship. Truckers on the way out. The breakthrough never happened. That’s show biz!

mike December 27, 2012, 17:31:01

what do you mean the breakthrough never happened? Headlining the 930 club means youve made it as most bands dream to one day play there

mike December 27, 2012, 17:34:28

hopefully now that shonna is gone jason will be asked back

Connely Farr December 27, 2012, 18:41:33

Seriously Jerry Springer, What the fuck ever. “Truckers never made it. Breakthrough never happened” I seem to remember, recently, three records that got good reviews in Rolling Stone magazine, numerous sold out shows in the last few years as well as appearances on Austin City Limits et al… The Truckers are alive and well. Change is inevitable. As long as they are around, they have my support!

Yossarian December 27, 2012, 22:22:59

Bummer- Neff is the man. I’d be all for Isbell coming back but his solo stuff is doing as well as DBT at this point, so I don’t see that happening.

Adam December 28, 2012, 00:10:03

Doesn’t hurt the truckers at all. They can jam just fine without Neff, nbd. Hopefully Isbell returns!

dankerator December 28, 2012, 09:34:35

Drive by Cluckers!!

Daren Criswell December 28, 2012, 11:41:54

9:30 club means “you made it” people get PISSED ON there! That’s all I got to say!

Jack December 28, 2012, 16:31:05

Three nights at the 9:30 club means you can sell about 3,000 tickets in the DC area. Not all that shabby.

WC December 28, 2012, 18:56:45

Not even close to sold out, though. I work there. They’ve been on the decline for years, and now sadly on the way out. Just how it goes.

Tim January 2, 2013, 15:25:36

Well, DBT has always been about three guitarists so they’ll go with somebody, even if it’s forevermore a sort of floating position. Like the way they’ve been doing the bass position. Hell, like the way they did Neff for years ! Hey, it worked for Steely Dan, still does ! Other than Walter Becker and Donald Fagan, Steely Dan was all floating positions. Session players need love too !

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