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Uncle Kracker at the Royal Oak, 3 Things To Know
Uncle Kracker is no turkey. But he‚Äôs become a Thanksgiving weekend in his home town.
The singer and songwriter -- born Matt Shafer in Mount Clemens and known for hits such as ‚ÄúFollow Me‚ÄĚ and a cover of Dobie Gray‚Äôs ‚ÄúDrift Away‚ÄĚ -- was the original hype man in Kid Rock‚Äôs Twisted Brown Trucker Band. He‚Äôs logged five solo albums since 2000 and also topped the charts as Kenny Chesney‚Äôs duet partner for 2004‚Äôs ‚ÄúWhen The Sun Goes Down.‚ÄĚ
New music is in the offing, Kracker tells us, but his current concern is his annual Black Friday show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre...
‚ÄĘ After starting out playing Thanksgiving night in Mount Clemens, Uncle Kracker is happy with his current Black Friday tradition. ‚ÄúI love it,‚ÄĚ Kracker, 43, says by phone. ‚ÄúYears ago when we were doing it on Thanksgiving night it was kind of just a plan to make sure I was home for Thanksgiving, or at least one holiday. I like the way it‚Äôs turned into an annual thing. It‚Äôs fun to hear people talking about it like, ‚ÄėOh, Black Friday...‚Äô They look forward to it, too. It‚Äôs fun for other people to have something to look forward to, not just me.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ This year marks the 15th anniversary of Kracker‚Äôs second solo album, ‚ÄúNo Stranger To Shame,‚ÄĚ which went gold and featured his chart-topping version of Dobie Gray‚Äôs ‚ÄúDrift Away.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúY‚Äôknow what; I listened to ‚ÄėNo Stranger‚Äô probably four months ago for the first time in 14 years, I bet,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúYou listen to a lot of stuff from that long ago and you cringe ‚Äėcause you‚Äôre like, ‚ÄėOh, I could‚Äôve done that better,‚Äô ‚ÄėAh, shoulda just brought in this guy,‚Äô ‚ÄėIf I‚Äôd brought another dude in to play this‚Äô...Monday morning quarterback type of stuff. But (the album) seems like it stands up. People still like those songs.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ Kracker‚Äôs last album, ‚ÄúMidnight Special,‚ÄĚ came out five years ago this month, and he acknowledges that it‚Äôs time for him to hunker down on something new. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve been working on a record probably the last year or so, and just kind of working on wrapping up a (label) deal and putting out the next piece of work, I guess,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if I‚Äôll do an EP or an album next; It seems like people are doing both. Everything‚Äôs so different nowadays. But what‚Äôs good is I can tour whenever I want to. I don‚Äôt need to wait until an album cycle. It‚Äôs like a never-ending tour for me.‚ÄĚ
If You Go:
‚ÄĘ Uncle Kracker
‚ÄĘ Friday, Nov. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m.
‚ÄĘ Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
‚ÄĘ Tickets are $9.95 in advance, $20 day of show, $55 reserved.
‚ÄĘ Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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