is Uncle Kracker?
Where did the name Kracker come from?
How did he meet Kid Rock - are they still
Why wasn't Kid Rock on No Stranger to Shame?
Was he trying to break away?
What about Eminem?
Uncle Kracker vs. Cracker, the band?
What is Sued, Boozed And Tattooed?
What music video's has Kracker done?
Who's the girl in the 'In a Little While'
Who's the guy in the 'Follow Me' video?
Who's the guy in the 'Drift Away' video?
What's the story about 'Drift Away,' Dobie
Uncle Kracker owns some businesses in the
is Uncle Kracker?
Uncle Kracker is Matthew Shafer. Kracker is a currently a
solo artist, but has performed with Kid Rock's Twisted Brown
did the name Kracker come from?
Kracker was the nickname he picked up from Kid Rock.
When it came time to release his solo CD, the name Kracker
had already been used by a rock band so he had to use something
different. MC Kracker and DJ Kracker where considered but
quickly dismissed. He added the title Uncle to his name after
seeing a poster for 'Uncle ---' backstage at an airport.
did he meet Kid Rock - are they still friends?
Kid Rock is 4 years older than Kracker, they meet at a Club
that had Sunday night for teens, a DJ battle pitted Kracker's
older bother against Kid Rock Kid and Kracker's brother became
friends, Kid would produce demo's on 8-track recorders. When
Kracker was about 16 - and a bit more mobile he looked up
to Kid Rock - doing things like posting flyers and other gopher
type tasks. When Kid's DJ left his band, Kracker was recruited
and taught on the spot.
To this day the two are still best friends.
wasn't Kid Rock on No Stranger to Shame? Was he trying to
"I just this one he was so busy with all his other stuff,
and I needed to get done. I love collaborating with him, he's
my best friend and we work so well together -- but at the
same time I needed to finish it. He was kinda like, "Here's
the ball, just take it and run with it." That's what I did
with this record. So it wasn't really by design."
"There was one kid other than me in ninth grade that was
into rap music," says Kracker (a.k.a. Matt Shafer) of his
days at L'Anse Creuse High School near Detroit. "Me and this
kid would go over each other's houses and rap. And he introduced
me to these kids on the other side of town." One of them was
none other than Marshall Mathers (a.k.a. Eminem). "Him and
his friends would come in their pickup trucks, take me to
their basement, and we'd do freestyle rap sessions and record
them," says Kracker, who still has some of the tapes but says
he's embarrassed by their quality. "We were young. It was
all, like, 'We like beer!' and 'Boy, we really like beer!'
But I remember Marshall was always bad," Kracker adds. "He
was always awesome. Even back then, that kid was rapping tongue-twisters
and shit, you know? And he's always been very artistic. He'd
sit around and draw pictures and shit." When asked whether
he thinks the tapes will ever see the light of record stores,
Kracker responds, "I think some things are just better left
Kracker vs. Cracker, the band?
having a different spelling and adding the Uncle to the front
of his name, the band Cracker sued over infrigment of the
name. While details are sketchy, it is reported that Uncle
Kracker paid an undisclosed sum to use his name.
is Sued, Boozed And Tattooed?
The original title for No Stranger to Shame
music video's has Kracker done?
Look for music video's for 'Yeah Yeah Yeah,' and 'Follow Me'
from Double Wide and 'In a Little While,' 'Drift Away' and
'Memphis Soul Song' from No Stranger To Shame.
the girl in the 'In a Little While' video?
the guy in the 'Follow Me' video?
That's Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath.
the guy in the 'Drift Away' video?
Dobie Gray - the original singer of the song back from 1973.
the story about 'Drift Away,' Dobie Gray, etc?
started covering the song live and he thought, "Maybe I'll
do this for the next record." And then I thought, "Man. A
lot of people have covered this fuckin' song and it didn't
work." After a while it was like, "Why not just get the guy
it worked for?" I was on tour with Kid Rock and we were in
New Orleans that week we set it up, the tour bus dropped me
off at the studio in Nashville one morning and I did that
then flew back to New Orleans. It was cool, and Dobie Gray
was just . . . the guy still fucking sings amazingly. He was
very into the song. He loved the new way of doing it. At the
same time I felt like an idiot trying to sing next to him.
We'd be in there singing the harmonies and stuff and I'm still
standing there like, "Am I in key? Am I throwing you off?"
I don't think you could knock him out of key. He's an amazing
singer, still to this day." - Uncle Kracker
Kracker owns some businesses in the Detroit area?
Kracker and family own a few bars in the Detroit area: Sunny's
in Grosse Pointe, his brother used to own Your Mothers - now
he owns Underdogs in Mt. Clemens. Crew's Inn in Harrison Twp.
is also rumored to be in the family. His father owns a Bowman
Tire in Mt. Clemens. Kracker also owns a trailer park somewhere