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    Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:36:44

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    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
    3. Beautiful
    4. El Comandante
    5. El Cerrito
    6. Reaction
    7. You Got Yourself Into This
    8. Life In The Big City
    9. Waited My Whole Life

    Lineup:

    Davey Faragher: Bass and Backing Vox
    Johnny Hickman: Guitars and Backing Vox
    David Lowery: Guitars and Vocals
    Michael Urbano: Drums and Percussion

    With:

    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

    Lineup:

    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?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    11.05.14



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