Cracker to Release Ambitious Double Album on December 9
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:36:44
Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort Berkeley to Bakersfield on December 9 on 429 Records. It sounds like a love letter to California, right?
It sort of is – a love letter to the Cali music scene, both north and south.
It's a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape: the northern Bay area and further downstate in Bakersfield.
With founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman anchoring the project, they've brought in a host of musicians to help out, including putting together the original Cracker lineup for the Berkeley.
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, California. 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."
He furthered, "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."
Disc 1 Berkeley Track Listing:
1. Torches and Pitchforks
2. March of the Billionaires
4. El Comandante
5. El Cerrito
7. You Got Yourself Into This
8. Life In The Big City
9. Waited My Whole Life
Davey Faragher: Bass and Backing Vox
Johnny Hickman: Guitars and Backing Vox
David Lowery: Guitars and Vocals
Michael Urbano: Drums and Percussion
Thayer Sarrano: Keys and backing vocals
Marc Gilley: Saxophones
Mark Golde: Additional keys
Disc 2 Bakersfield Track Listing:
1. California Country Boy
2. Almond Grove
3. King of Bakersfield
4. Tonight I Cross The Border
5. Get On Down The Road
6. I'm Sorry Baby
7. The San Bernardino Boy
8. When You Come Down
9. Where Have Those Days Gone
Davey Faragher: Backing Vocals
John Hickman: Guitars and Vocals
Bryan Howard: Bass Guitar
David Lowery: Guitars, Banjos and Vocals
Sal Maida: Bass Guitar
Luke Moeller: Fiddle
Thayer Sarrano: Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals
Matt "Pistol" Stoessel: Pedal Steel
Jeremy Wheatley: Drums
Have a listen to "Almond Grove" from Bakersfield:
Who is down to go from Berkley to Bakersfield with Cracker?