Tag: History of Rock

Artist Countdown: Uncle Kracker Top 25 Tracks @radiomax @unclekracker

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Matthew Shafer (born June 6, 1974) is an American rock musician known as Uncle Kracker. His singles include “Follow Me”, “Smile”, and “Drift Away“. His music was more rap rock-based at the start of his career before turning in a more country rock influenced direction on later releases.

Shafer was born in Mississippi but raised in Harrison Township, Michigan. In 1987, with his brother Mike Shafer, he visited a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan where a turntables competition was occurring. His older brother was competing against a then-unknown musician, Kid Rock. Shafer then spent a lot of time with Kid Rock, and they became “best friends”. In those times, he was mainly rapping. He went to L’Anse Creuse High School. In 1994, Kid Rock asked Shafer to play turntables for his band called Twisted Brown Trucker. Shafer knew nothing of using turntables, but since his brother was an experienced DJ, he agreed. He only performed at live shows at the time, until he began recording for Rock’s album, Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp; Shafer was a featured vocalist on some of the tracks. He then began working on a solo album, but he continued being the DJ for Kid Rock. Upon the release of Rock’s multi-platinum album, The History Of Rock, Shafer decided that it was time to release his first solo album, Double Wide.

Shafer has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Melanie Haas, since 1998. They have three daughters. (Source: wikipedia)

1 Follow Me
2 Smile
3 In a Little While
4 Drift Away (featuring Dobie Gray)
5 My Girlfriend
6 When the Sun Goes Down (with Kenny Chesney)
7 Good to Be Me (featuring Kid Rock)
8 Four Letter Word
9 Main Street
10 The Weight
11 I Don’t Know
12 Hey Hey Hey
13 Blue Skies
14 Livin’ The Dream
15 In Between Disasters
16 You Got That Thing
17 To Think I Used To Love You
18 Another Love Song
19 Rescue
20 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
21 Songs About Me, Soongs About You
22 Memphis Soul Song
23 Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night
24 My Hometown
25 Writing It Down

Feature LP: Kid Rock – Born Free (2010) 12pm ET

Robert James “Bob” Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist and rapper with five Grammy Awards nominations. Kid Rock released several studio albums that mostly went unnoticed before his 1998 record Devil Without a Cause, released with Atlantic Records, sold 11 million albums behind the hits, “Bawitdaba”, “Cowboy”, and “Only God Knows Why“. In 2000, he released The History of Rock, a compilation of remixed and remastered versions of songs from previous albums as well as the hit single, “American Bad Ass“.

Born Free, American artist Kid Rock’s eighth studio album, was released on November 16, 2010 with the self titled track being it’s lead single. The album is a rock and roll collaboration produced by Rick Rubin featuring several high profile artists such as, T.I., Sheryl Crow, and Bob Seger. Kid Rock described it as “very organic blues based rock and roll”. This album is Kid Rock’s first to feature no Parental Advisory sticker. Cable network TBS used the title track, “Born Free”, for its coverage of the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason. It was announced on June 16, 2011 that Born Free was certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of one million copies. This gives Kid Rock his sixth Platinum album certification in the US.

1. Born Free 5:14
2. “Slow My Roll” 4:19
3. “Care” (featuring Martina McBride and T.I.) (Ritchie, Young, Clifford Harris) 4:12
4. “Purple Sky” (Ritchie, Young, J. Boland) 4:06
5. “When It Rains” 4:46
6. God Bless Saturday 3:35
7. “Collide” (featuring Sheryl Crow and Bob Seger on piano) 4:49
8. “Flyin’ High” (featuring Zac Brown) 4:03
9. “Times Like These” 5:57
10. “Rock On” 5:23
11. “Rock Bottom Blues” 3:51
12. “For the First Time (In a Long Time)” 5:55