No matter what he does or where he goes, Uncle Kracker adheres to a simple yet rather timeless philosophy. “I 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. I feel that it’s worth doing if I’m enjoying it.”
Now he’s having more fun than ever. And it certainly shows with the release of his brand new single “Floatin’.” Just in time for summer, the feel-good track recorded in Nashville couples Uncle Kracker’s heartfelt, infectious lyrics with a country groove that will keep fans smiling all summer long.
Uncle Kracker will be showcasing his new song in sheds across the country. 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 an incredible solo career of his own.
His 2000 major-label debut, Double Wide, fittingly went double-platinum and yielded the #1 smash “Follow Me.” Its 2002 follow-up, No Stranger To Shame, reached gold status. It spawned cross-format hits such as “In A Little While” and the entire 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.
Before Uncle Kracker flew up the charts for five weeks at #1 with “When the Sun Goes Down,” a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney, country music might’ve seemed an odd place to find the Detroit-based good-time Kid Rock alumni. But after a few summer tours with Chesney, Uncle Kracker reached the country’s Top 10 with his double-platinum crossover hit “Smile.” Then, 2012 saw him fully embrace his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth outing, Midnight Special, produced by Keith Stegall, which leaves no doubt this feel-good rocker is where he should be in his career.
Uncle Kracker has played sold-out shows across the country and appeared everywhere, from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He is still having a blast, and fans worldwide will, too, when they see him on the road. “When I’m up on stage, 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 them, ‘I’m not any different than you are.'”