Anyone who reached a certain age in the 1990’s knows that the decade saw the birth of a musical renaissance. Alternative, grunge, rap, industrial, and country all reached heights the likes of which they hadn’t seen in a generation. Hell, even David Bowie released some of his best stuff right before the millennium clock hit zero.
In September of 1995, a movie was released called Empire Records. I don’t remember much about the film – but I will never forget the soundtrack… the Gin Blossoms, the Cranberries, Better Than Ezra, Toad the Wet Sprocket…
“Whole Lotta’ Trouble” was on that soundtrack. And after the movie was released, Cracker’s 1993 album “Kerosene Hat” got a lot of love on the radio. Sometime later, I heard the song “Low,” and it became the anthem for my final year in high school.
Cracker was formed in Bakersfield, California in 1990, and their self-titled debut album was released two years later.
Cracker was formed in Bakersfield, California in 1990, and their self-titled debut album was released two years later. Since then, the band has released eight additional studio albums, and numerous live albums and compilations. Their most recent album, the epic “Berkeley to Bakersfield,” features nearly 71 minutes of alternative-inspired garage punk, infused with country-rock.
“Cracker are still getting it done 20 years on.” – SPIN Magazine
Reviews were positive for the album. SPIN Magazine said “Cracker are still getting it done 20 years on.” Even BlueRidge Outdoor Magazine praised the record, saying it “highlights both the band’s alt-rock swagger and country bravado.”
It’s been more than 30 years since Cracker rocked their way to the forefront of the 90’s musical revolution…
It’s been more than 30 years since Cracker rocked their way to the forefront of the 90’s musical revolution, and they haven’t lost a single step. The band will be on tour again this summer – performing in front of screaming crowds all over the country. And amidst shows in Cleveland, St. Louis, Honolulu, Indianapolis and Los Angeles, Cracker will be making one very special stop in Alleghany County as co-headliner of the “Cracker Soul and Keel Revival.”
The event is described as “A genre-bending experience set to excite live music fans of all ages. From Americana, pop, country, bluegrass, blues and rock n’ roll, there will be a display of ear candy for most every flavor.”
The all-day music festival will take place on Saturday, May 28, at the Farm at Glen Haven in Clifton Forge, Virginia. In addition to Cracker and the Larry Keel Experience, the festival will feature performances by If Birds Could Fly, Revelation Hill, and Chad Nickell and the Loose Change. Tickets can be purchased through Cracker’s website: crackersoul.com/tour-dates
Matthew Young has been a resident of Lewisburg, WV since December 2019. Prior to arriving in West Virginia, Matthew resided in the Philadelphia area, where his reporting, commentary, and editorials have been featured in numerous local and regional publications. Previously, he has served as a scriptwriter and consultant for television, radio, and various other short-form digital-media platforms, both within the United States and internationally. Since moving to the Mountain State, Matthew spent eighteen months as senior writer/managing editor for the West Virginia Daily News and is currently an active journalist with the West Virginia Press Association.