SOURCE: Atlantic Records
September 28, 2010 18:24 ET
It's Good to Be Uncle Kracker; Detroit Singer/Songwriter Hits the Highway to Headline First-Ever Country Music Club Tour; Dates Follow Current Cross-Country Trek, Including Support Slots With Jason Aldean; "Good To Be Me (Feat. Kid Rock)" Lighting It Up at Country Radio Outlets Nationwide; "It's Good To Be Me Tour 2010" Kicks Off November 3rd
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) - Top Dog/Atlantic recording artist Uncle Kracker has announced plans to headline his first-ever country music club tour. Dates for his "It's Good To Be Me Tour 2010" begin November 3rd in Athens, Georgia and continue through mid-December (see itinerary below). Support for the tour comes from Reprise Records recording artist Frankie Ballard, and fellow Detroit native -- and Top Dog/Atlantic labelmate -- Ty Stone.
In the meantime, Uncle Kracker is slated to criss-cross the country performing at an array of events, including a number of arena shows supporting country superstar Jason Aldean. For up-to-the-minute tour information, please visit www.unclekracker.com.
The nearly-non-stop schedule follows the recent release of "HAPPY HOUR -- THE SOUTH RIVER ROAD SESSIONS," a six song collection featuring reinterpretations of tracks originally found on Uncle Kracker's acclaimed 2009 album, "HAPPY HOUR," recorded in Nashville by producers Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, George Jones) and Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock). Among its highlights is the smash country version of the RIAA platinum certified single, "Smile." A top 5 Country radio hit, "Smile" has proven a genuine blockbuster, with sales now exceeding 1.7 million -- the third best-selling country single of 2010 thus far, bested only by Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and Taylor Swift's "Today Was A Fairytale." In addition, the "Smile" companion video has been a top 5 success on Great American Country's Top 20 Country Countdown and a top 20 rotation favorite at CMT.
Uncle Kracker's latest single, "Good To Be Me" -- featuring guest vocals from longtime friend/songwriting partner Kid Rock (who also produced the track) -- is currently beginning its ascent at Country radio outlets nationwide. The single's companion video clip made its world premiere on Great American Country last week (video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06WM8oLH87M). What's more, Uncle Kracker and Kid Rock recently stole the show with a joint performance of the song on the ABC special, CMA Music Fest: Country's Night To Rock.
Uncle Kracker is, of course, no stranger to the world of country music, having already topped Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" chart for five consecutive weeks with "When The Sun Goes Down," his 2004 collaboration with country superstar Kenny Chesney. In 2008, Uncle Kracker returned to the Country charts having co-written Kid Rock's smash "All Summer Long" which peaked at #3. What's more, Uncle Kracker has toured extensively with Chesney as both support act and special guest.
"I've always had a genuine passion for country. I think that audiences appreciate that, and that's why they're giving me a chance," Uncle Kracker explains. "Country music was one of the types of music I grew up with, so elements of it naturally come out in my songwriting. Listening to a lot of my songs -- all the way back to 'Follow Me' -- I feel like I've been making country music for years."
Initially known for his role as DJ in Kid Rock's legendary Twisted Brown Trucker band, Uncle Kracker made a stunning solo debut with 2001's "DOUBLE WIDE." Fueled by the #1 smash, "Follow Me," the album exploded onto the Billboard 200's top 10 on its way to 2x-platinum certification from the RIAA.
"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 biggest solo single to date, 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" saw Uncle Kracker emphasizing his melodic songwriting and a unique stylistic synthesis of pop, rock, country, soul, blues, and even doo-wop. That same year saw "When The Sun Goes Down," the aforementioned duet with Kenny Chesney, reaching #1 on its way to becoming an RIAA gold certified country-pop crossover classic.
Uncle Kracker returned with the 2009 release of "HAPPY HOUR," which features the multi-format smash "Smile." The album's version of "Smile" peaked at #2 on the Hot AC chart with the companion video becoming a fixture on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown. Uncle Kracker performed the song on a number of high-profile TV performances, including NBC's The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, CBS' The Early Show Saturday Edition, and ABC's Live! With Regis and Kelly (as part of a special Las Vegas edition).
Known to his parents as Matt Shafer, Uncle Kracker has also maintained his role as one of Kid Rock's closest friends and collaborators. His co-writing credits alongside the one and only Rock N Roll Jesus include such blockbuster hits as "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Forever," "Only God Knows Why," and 2008's #1 classic, "All Summer Long."
For further news and information, please visit www.unclekracker.com or http://www.myspace.com/unclekracker.
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
"It's Good To Be Me Tour 2010"
(Supported by Frankie Ballard and Ty Stone)
||40 Watt Club
||Country Club Saloon
||Baton Rouge, LA
||San Antonio, TX
||Blue Bonnet Palace
||Ft. Worth, TX
||Corpus Christi, TX