Cracker readies double-album, tours (2014)

This December Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, titled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that 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.
Cracker’s Berkeley To Bakersfield will be released December 9 via 429 Records and will be available on CD and digital formats. Pre-order here.
Catch the band live this winter here:
Nov. 28  Skipper’s Smokehouse – Tampa FL
Nov.  29  The Earl – Atlanta GA
Nov. 30   The Earl – Atlanta GA (Sunday Matinee)
Dec. 2  Magic Bag – Ferndale MI
Dec. 3  Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
Dec. 4  Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 5  Old Town School Of Folk – Chicago IL
Dec. 6  Duck Room – St Louis MO
Dec.  27  The Independent – San Francisco CA (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Dec.  28  The Independent – San Francisco CA (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Dec.  29  Lobero Theatre – Santa Barbara CA  (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Dec.  30  Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach CA (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Dec.  31 New Years Eve Party @ Soiled Dove – Denver CO (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Jan. 3  City Winery – Nashville, TN
Jan. 14  9:30 Club – Washington DC (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Jan. 15  Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ONT (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Jan. 16  Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Jan. 17  World Cafe Live – Philadelphia PA (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)
Jan. 18  B.B. King Blues Club – NYC (w/ Camper Van Beethoven)