By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
The keyword for anything related to Uncle Kracker is “fun.” If it’s not fun, he’s not doing it. If it’s not interesting, he’s not buying it.
The singer-songwriter has crafted a career out of having fun. He hit the music scene as a member of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band and made a name for himself by co-writing some of Kid Rock’s greatest hits, like “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Forever” and “Only God Knows Why.” Uncle Kracker released his debut solo album in 2001, scored a hit with “Follow Me” and has had a blast since.
He’s ventured between rap, rock and country, and for now, country is what is fun to Uncle Kracker.
“The creative process is the most fun for myself, and in order to keep that fresh and new to yourself, you just gotta find yourself doing a lot of things to keep it interesting and keep it fun,” he said. “I guess I listened to so many records growing up, you tend to pull things from different people, different styles, different types. In order to keep it fun, you find yourself dabbling.”
It’s been almost two years since his last album, “Happy Hour,” and Uncle Kracker has a new CD ready to be released this summer.
“It’s definitely not reinventing any wheels. I’m just having fun,” he said. “I think this record is definitely my best record to date. I had fun doing it. …You’re always trying to push yourself to write something better. You’re always trying to find the best beat than the one before it.”
The Michigan native is doing two tours at once – one solo tour and one in support of his buddy Kenny Chesney – and will give his audiences a mix of hits and new tunes.
“You can’t get away from playing any of the hits,” he said. “I guess I’m gonna try some of the new stuff, get a reaction. That’s always fun to do. It can go both ways: it can bomb or it can be great. It’s either one or the other; it’s never in the middle.”
Like his songwriting process, his shows are all about fun.
“It turns into a big sing-along show,” Uncle Kracker said. “If it ain’t fun, why play?”
He invites his fans to check him out live, whether he’s with his own band or opening up for Chesney.
“It’s a hoot,” he said of his live show. “Anybody looking for a good time should come out.”
Contact Daily Journal writer Sheena Barnett at 678-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uncle Kracker is performing three times in North Mississippi in the next three months. Check out his shows:
– When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
– Where: Rick’s Cafe
– Cost: $12 plus fees
– Info: rickscafe.net, (662) 323-7425
– Extra: 18+
– When: 8 p.m. April 14
– Where: The Lyric Oxford
– Cost: $15/advance, $17/day of show, plus fees
– Info: thelyricoxford.com, (662) 234-5333
– When: 7 p.m. May 26
– Where: Snowden Grove Amphitheater
– Cost: $95, $85, $50, all plus fees
– Info: snowdengroveamphitheater.com, (662)
– Opening for Kenny Chesney with Billy Currington