Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Matthew Shafer (born June 6, 1974 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) better known by his stage name Uncle Kracker, is an American rock, country, and rap-rock musician.
He first came to prominence as an associate of Kid Rock, then launched a solo career, scoring several hit songs.

Uncle Kracker Early life and career
Double Wide, Kracker's debut album, was recorded in the back of a tour bus during Kid Rock's various tours in 1999 and 2000. It includes Kracker's first hit single, "Follow Me". It also features a minor hit, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah". As of now, Double Wide has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
Brian Schram was Uncle Kracker's guitarist. He is now in his own band called The Brian Schram band.
Kracker subsequently provided vocals on Rock's 2001 album, Cocky, on the track 'Trucker Anthem'. He left TBT after Kid Rock's 2002 Cocky Tour to concentrate on his solo career and to spend more time with his wife and kids.
2002 saw the release of Shafer's No Stranger to Shame. It blended rock with blues, rap, country, soul and swing. It contained the hit single "In a Little While", whose music video contained musician/TV host/supermodel Willa Ford, who acted as Kracker's girlfriend. In reality, Ford is a very close friend of Kracker's. The album also contained the hit singles "Drift Away" (a cover version of the Dobie Gray original), and "Memphis Soul Song".
In 2004, Shafer scored a #1 country hit with "When the Sun Goes Down" (a duet with singer Kenny Chesney off his album When the Sun Goes Down). He also released his third album, Seventy Two and Sunny later that year. The rap element was totally abandoned, leaving a straight forward country-blues offering. It contains the hit single "Rescue". Kid Rock & Uncle Kracker were planning an old school rap project called Dick Willy in 2004 but it hasn't seen the light of day.
On November 16, 2006, there was an update posted on Uncle Kracker's website saying that his fourth studio album would be titled "Happy Hour," and was expected to be released sometime after Christmas. However, there has not yet been any new website updates. However on June 5, 2007, there was an updated post on Uncle Kracker's MySpace saying that the album would soon be coming to a store near you, however this recent charge against him could push the album release date back.
In 2007, Kracker continues to play shows with a possible tour slated for later summer. Also, new touring drummer Dave Holland has reportedly been hired. Recent news suggest that Uncle Kracker continues to guest star with Kenny Chesney on his Flip Flop summer tour.

2007 sexual assault arrest

2000 - Double Wide 2 million sold
2002 - No Stranger to Shame 500,000 + sold
2004 - Seventy Two and Sunny 200,000 + sold
2007 - Happy Hour (not yet released)

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