Uncle Kracker Puts The Final Touches On '72 And Sunny'

04/27/04

Eagerly Awaited New Album To Be Released On Lava Records June 29th, 2004

Album Highlights Include New Single 'Rescue' And Duet with Kenny Chesney

Lava recording artist Uncle Kracker is putting the final touches on his brand-spankin' new album 72 and Sunny, scheduled for release on June 29th, 2004. The highly anticipated album follows on the heels of Uncle Kracker's 2002 chart-topping album No Stranger To Shame, which spawned several hit singles including "In A Little While" and "Drift Away." 72 and Sunny's first single, "Rescue" will be going to radio on May 17th.

72 and Sunny, produced by long-time collaborator Mike Bradford and co-produced by Uncle Kracker, was primarily recorded at Chunky Style Music Studios located in Burbank, California. Additional tracks were recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville. This new album showcases Uncle Kracker's knack for writing undeniably catchy melodies and his ability to create modern classics set to music. Combining elements of country, down-home soul, and juke joint pop, 72 and Sunny demonstrates Uncle Kracker's growth as an artist.

Inspired by early Beatles albums and Rod Stewart's classic disc "Gasoline Alley," Uncle Kracker and producer Bradford opted to give 72 and Sunny both an acoustic/electric feel reminiscent of early 70's rock and country albums, without compromising Uncle Kracker's signature songwriting style. Highlights from the album include the incomparable first single "Rescue," written by tunes-smith Dianne Warren. The song features one of the most memorable sing-along chorus' in recent history.

Other key tracks on the album include "Last Night Again," the Kenny Chesney duet featuring backing vocals by Brett Michaels (Poison) and contemporary country crooner Phil Vassar. Additional standouts on the CD include the album's magnificent piano ballad "Writing It Down," the Jimmy Buffett-esque track "Please Come Home," and "Don't Know How [Not To Love You] featuring acclaimed Nashville songwriter Frank Myers on acoustic guitar/backing vocals.

Uncle Kracker is scheduled to tour in support of 72 and Sunny, beginning June 4th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, opening for country superstar and "Last Night Again" collaborator Kenny Chesney. The two will begin a North American jaunt starting on June 4th in Tulsa, Oklahoma continuing on through mid-September. Undoubtedly, concertgoers can expect to see Uncle Kracker and Kenny Chesney perform together live onstage in what will be an evening of outstanding rock n' roll and country music.

Uncle Kracker first gained notoriety as a member of Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band. His first solo album Double Wide, released in 2000, sold over 2 million copies and spawned the hit single "Follow Me." In 2002, Uncle Kracker released his sophomore album No Stranger To Shame, which featured the hit singles "In A Little While" which went to #4 on the Hot AC chart and the chart-topping remake of Dobie Gray's pop-soul classic, "Drift Away." "Drift Away" currently holds the record as the longest reigning #1 single on the Adult Contemporary Mainstream Radio Chart, beating out Celine Dion's previous record of 21 weeks on the chart. For more information and up-to-date news, go to www.unclekracker.com [ http://www.unclekracker.com/ ]

Source: Lava Records