Cracker

VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS

Cracker

Chainsaw Kelly

Sun, May 21, 2017

7:00 pm

Vinyl Music Hall

Pensacola, FL

$20.00

This event is all ages

*General Admission* Standing Room Only* All Ages* Additional $5 cash surcharge at the door for attendees under 21* Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian * Posted Times Are Door Times- Events Generally Begin 30-60 Minutes After Doors Open

Cracker
Cracker
Cracker‘s tenth and most recent studio effort, the double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

As Lowery explains, “On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup – Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.”

“This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.”

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.
Chainsaw Kelly
Chainsaw Kelly
With Drums and bass that hit with the intensity of a hammer driving a railroad spike, and guitars that pulse like a steam engine, rarely does a band instill such a sense of imagery and reality in their listener more than Chainsaw Kelly. Comprised of the multi-faceted musicians: Brandon Smith, Michael Daw, and Josh Barnhill, Chainsaw Kelly musically hoists the listener onto a train headed westbound to the roots of American blues and rock. Once caught up in their journey, you’re whisked through the cotton fields of the old South, and past the crack of the chisel on hard-worked soil, all while the bandmates shuffle around the stage like vagrants floating atop the bar floor trading instruments like the passing of a whiskey bottle in a back alley. If you’re looking for hard earned blues, and the good buzz of smooth folk tunes, Chainsaw Kelly delivers the goods

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Venue Information:
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
http://vinylmusichall.com/