No matter what he does or where he goes, Uncle Kracker adheres to a simple, yet
rather timeless philosophy.
“I really subscribe to this mindset of just having fun,” he affirms. “That’s what it’s always
about. It’s the train that I’m forever on. The way I feel is if I’m enjoying it, it’s really worth
Now he’s having more fun than ever. Last year Uncle Kracker joined Sugar Ray, Better
Than Ezra and Eve 6 for the Under The Sun Tour 2015, hitting sheds across the
country throughout the summer. Uncle Kracker will be back on the road in 2016. His live
show continues to get bigger and better with every tour. “It’s very interactive,” he says.
“It’s meant to be a party, and I want everybody involved. Each time we go on stage, I
want people to leave smiling.”
That outlook has served him well over the years. After vaulting to stardom as a
charismatic presence and chief collaborator in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band,
the Michigan singer, songwriter, and performer, also known as Matthew Shafer, kicked
off a stunning solo career of his own.
His 2000 major label debut, Double Wide, fittingly went double-platinum and yielded #1
smash “Follow Me”. Its 2002 follow-up No Stranger To Shame reached gold status and
spawned cross-format hits such as “In A Little While” and the powerful cover of Dobie
Gray’s “Drift Away”, which set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart,
topping their #1 run on the Adult Contemporary radio charts for a staggering 28 weeks.
Country superstar Kenny Chesney tapped him for “When The Sun Goes Down,” which
impressively spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart.
Throughout, he played sold out shows across the country and appeared everywhere
from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Then,
2012 saw him fully embrace his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth outing,
Midnight Special.
Uncle Kracker is still having a blast, and fans worldwide undoubtedly will too when they
see him on the road. “When I’m up onstage, I don’t feel removed from the people
coming to hear the music,” he leaves off. “You can feel it, when they identify with you.
Sometimes when I’m up there, I wanna tell’em ‘I’m not any different than you are.’”