A few years ago I heard Follow Me by Uncle Kracker on the radio and was instantly hooked. I loved the sound of his voice, the words of the song and the melody.
That doesn’t always happen. Sometimes I prefer the lyrics, sometimes it’s the beat that attracts me and sometimes it’s the singer themselves. Some songs I like instantly, while others grow on me over time but the ones I like best are the ones I still enjoy even when they’ve been overplayed on the radio.
In the case of Uncle Kracker after Follow Me I heard Drift Away and then No Stranger to Shame. Since I really liked these two songs I bought the album of the same name and was HOOKED. Thunderhead Hawkins and Memphis Soul Song are two of my favourites but the whole album is a rockin’ soulful good time. So I went back and bought his first album Double Wide. Have to say that Follow Me is the only song on the album that I enjoy.
Along came 72 and Sunny and I was blown away by each and every song. I remember thinking that it just got better with each new cd. I just couldn’t get enough of Rescue and Last Night Again. The southern soul sound grabs me at my core.
With his newest album – Happy Hour- I wouldn’t say I was disappointed but 72 and Sunny remains the album I enjoy the most. On Happy Hour I heard Smile and immediately had to request it on the radio station I listen to.
I love to hear it while getting ready for work in the morning. It’s upbeat and fanciful without being too dancey. It also has the added bonus of being a song that I share with N.3-B (my youngest niece). I enjoy the humour of My Girlfriend as well as I Hate California and the down home Mellencamp like tune, Main Street. Another Love Song always has me singing along . I highly recommend it for any road trip playlist.
The one I love the best though surprised me. I am not normally a fan of remixes, remakes, or sampled songs but Uncle Kracker’s Livin’ The Dream just feels so right! It is such a smooth blend of old and new you almost don’t notice it’s a different song.
Whether the mood calls for mellow or rockin’ Uncle Kracker has a song for you. I wish he would come North. More specifically I wish he would come play in Halifax, preferably at the Rebecca Cohn a nice smaller venue with great acoustics. I guess I’ll just have to keep living that dream.