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Uncle Kracker

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  • Born: Mount Clemens, MI
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: www.unclekracker.com/
  • Recent Activity: 07.28.14 Your so nice! RT @mark_mcgrath: Southern Maryland, you were amazing, my deepest thanks from everybody on #UnderTheSunTour2014!
  • Uncle Kracker

  • Uncle Kracker

  • Uncle Kracker

  • Uncle Kracker


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

After serving as DJ for his hometown chum Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker (born Matthew Shafer) stepped out from behind the turntables to release his debut solo album, Double Wide, in 2001. Uncle Kracker had performed alongside Rock since 1994, and both favored a combination of funky, post-grunge rock with a hip-hop aesthetic. Double Wide also sported a polished pop single entitled "Follow Me," and the album went double platinum on the strength of that Top 10 hit.

Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker were practically family. The two met in 1987 in Clawson, Michigan, where Rock was spinning in an all-ages DJ contest at a popular nightspot called Daytona's. After discovering a mutual fondness for the Commodores, Run-D.M.C., Lynyrd Skynyrd, and George Jones, the pair became fast friends. One of Kracker's first musical contributions was on Rock's 1996 release, Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, and he also co-wrote and performed on Rock's multi-platinum breakthrough, Devil Without a Cause. Striking while the iron was hot, he chose to launch his own career in the wake of Devil's success.

Produced by Kid Rock and Mike Bradford, Double Wide was a radio-friendly effort that blended elements of country, mainstream modern rock, and rap. One year after its release, Uncle Kracker returned with a sophomore album named No Stranger to Shame, scoring another Top Ten hit with a faithful rendition of Mentor Williams' "Drift Away." Taking much from the inspiration of early-'70s rock, he issued Seventy Two & Sunny in late June 2004, but the album failed to live up to its predecessors' success. Kracker renewed his hit-making credentials by co-writing Kid Rock's popular single "All Summer Long," however, and he returned to the solo game in 2009 with Happy Hour. The next year, Uncle Kracker followed up with the EP Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions, which featured country remakes of songs from Happy Hour. Uncle Kracker's next full-length album, his first for Sugar Hill after leaving Atlantic, was the Keith Stegall-produced Midnight Special, which appeared in the fall of 2012.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
08.02.14 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA US
08.08.14 Gordie Brown Theater - Golden Nugget Las Vegas, NV US
08.11.14 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA US
08.12.14 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA US
08.13.14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, CA US
08.15.14 Tulalip Amphitheatre Marysville, WA US
10.10.14 Casino Rama Rama, ON Canada
10.11.14 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Wilkes Barre, PA US

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  • 07.28.14 Your so nice! RT @mark_mcgrath: Southern Maryland, you were amazing, my deepest thanks from everybody on #UnderTheSunTour2014!
  • 07.24.14 Thanks 2 the good people of @cedarpoint! Had a blast as always! Been coming since I was a kid and it's still the best park in the country!
  • 07.23.14 Rollin into @cedarpoint today with the band an Fam!!!!!!
  • 07.23.14 RT @JTXROCKSTAR: Packed in for @unclekracker @UTS_Tour @HOBBoston !! http://t.co/gAW2ePKLvM
  • 07.22.14 Yo! My new single drops at midnite! Check this out!...stoked. http://t.co/HI1cZTmh6i
  • 07.21.14 RT @mark_mcgrath: Two Les Pauls and @unclekracker walk into a bar in Kettering, Oh at beautiful, packed Fraze Pavilion...#UTS14 http://t.co…
  • 07.20.14 RT @spaycee: Had so much fun tonight! @mark_mcgrath and @unclekracker killed it! Please come back to Hammond soon!!
  • 07.19.14 Indiana!!! Love the Midwest so much.