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Uncle Kracker – Happy Hour

October 1, 2009
uncle kracker happy hour

Written By: Jeff Markunas
(Americana/Country Editor)

Label: Atlantic – Rating:

If somebody has invented a better job than “Rock Star” I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT!

Rock stars come in two basic incarnations – The ‘I’m Famous, please notice me, as I have some groupies and trash my hotel room,’ or The ‘Strap on the guitars, fire up the amps, lay down the beat on the double bass, and Let’s Rock-type.’

The Midwest is particularly fertile ground for producing the latter.

Bob Seeger and John Mellencamp long ago cut a path out of the cornfields and car factories to arena stages world wide. Uncle Kracker is the Midwest’s current great rock hope and carries the torch quite well.

Now some might say that U.K. is a Country Artist, but experience tells us that hangin’ with Kid Rock and Kenny Chesney changed that. Kid and especially Kenny are to Country what a Bentley is to a NASCAR winner’s circle.

Everyone knows that Country and Rock grew up together, and like fraternal twins, they’re sometimes very hard to separate or tell apart. I like the feel and the sensibilities of Happy Hour – it rocks with out screaming in your face.
The production values are extremely sophisticated, and there’s a lot going on in the background, but it never detracts from Kracker’s even-and-steady performance.

A picker will have a great appreciation for what’s going on here. The average listener will only be aware of a comfortable and satisfying performance. Lyrically, Uncle Kracker reminds us that although Americans can be badly bent, they can never be broken. 
Like, “Take my house ,Take my car but you can’t take my seat at the corner bar,” from “Corner Bar.”

Yes, these are hard times in the Heartland, but fortunately you can’t stop the heart of Rock and Roll from beatin’ – that’s a good thing for all of us!

Rock Bottom Line:
Steady, in-the-pocket performance, every song hits its mark. Bull’s-eye, not Bullshit.

CWG Rating – 4 Guns

Uncle Kracker To Release Album in September

July 9, 2009

Top Dog/Atlantic recording artist Uncle Kracker has announced the forthcoming release of his eagerly anticipated new album, “HAPPY HOUR.” The Detroit-based singer/songwriter’s 12-song collection arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 15th.

“HAPPY HOUR” is being preceded by the first single, “Smile.” The track landed at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide on June 16th, while a companion music video is currently in pre-production, with plans to shoot in the Motor City later this month. “Smile” made its premiere last week with an exclusive stream on Entertainment Weekly’s music website, The Music Mix, and can now be heard on his official website.

Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day, Paramore), “HAPPY HOUR” sees Uncle Kracker continuing to craft his idiosyncratic blend of country-flavored pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Although initially known for his role as DJ in Kid Rock’s legendary Twisted Brown Trucker band, Uncle Kracker has also played a significant role as Kid Rock’s songwriting collaborator, with co-writing credits on such blockbuster hits as “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Forever,” “Only God Knows Why,” and 2008’s #1 classic, “All Summer Long.”

“’HAPPY HOUR’ is undoubtedly sonically his best record, and I also think it’s his best written record,” said Kid Rock about his best friend’s new album and latest release on his Top Dog imprint. “And it should be, ‘cuz he’s had like 4 or 5 fucking years to write it.”

In 2001, Uncle Kracker stepped into the spotlight, making a stunning solo debut with “DOUBLE WIDE.” Fueled by the #1 smash, “Follow Me,” the album exploded into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and went on to double-platinum success.

“NO STRANGER TO SHAME” followed in 2002, highlighted by the top 10 Hot AC hit, “In A Little While,” as well as Uncle Kracker’s second chart-topping single, a cover of Dobie Gray’s classic “Drift Away.” The track reached the top 10 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” while also setting the record for most weeks at #1 on the AC chart, remaining atop the format’s ranking for a remarkable 22 straight weeks.

2004’s “SEVENTY TWO AND SUNNY” showcased Uncle Kracker’s melodic songwriting and a unique stylistic synthesis of pop, rock, country, soul, blues, and even doo-wop. That same year, “When The Sun Goes Down,” his collaboration with country superstar Kenny Chesney, gave Uncle Kracker his third #1 success on a third different chart – the song sat atop Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart for five consecutive weeks.