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Matthew Shafer, a.k.a. Uncle Kracker, has always liked to evoke nostalgia in his music (much like his old employer Kid Rock). Kracker wants to re-create the feel of vintage records with an injection of modern style. For 2012's Midnight Special, he's found his way to country music. Much like Staind's Aaron Lewis, Kracker slips into his new genre of choice with experienced collaborators to help make the transition seamless. Producer Keith Stegall—who's twiddled knobs for Alan Jackson, George Jones, and Randy Travis—provides a letter-perfect setting for these country-inspired tunes. "Four Letter Word" rocks with the feel of a Toby Keith song, while "Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night" sounds like an actual long-lost Keith track, so complete is its mastery of the modern country genre. "When I Close My Eyes" slows the tempo for a convincing ballad. What Kracker lacks in twang he makes up in enthusiasm. Hardcore country folks may not be totally convinced, but pop fans will surely enjoy the good-time feel. 

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He's amazing

Spectacular Effort!

This has a great feel good, country rock vibe with infectious hooks that is sure to get you humming with a smile. No, it's not all 'happy go lucky' but not a single track is bad on this CD


Born: June 6, 1974 in Mount Clemens, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Midnight Special, Uncle Kracker
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Rock, Southern Rock, American Trad Rock
  • Released: Nov 16, 2012

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