Cracker has been described as many things over their lengthy career, everything from “roots-rock” to “traditional-rock,” but as frontman and guitarist David Lowery said, “I really sort of just considered ourselves a rock band.”


 

Cracker has been described as many things over their lengthy career, everything from “roots-rock” to “traditional-rock,” but as frontman and guitarist David Lowery said, “I really sort of just considered ourselves a rock band.”


Whatever its called, it’s coming July 19 to the 2008 Aquapalooza at the Lake of the Ozarks.


This will be the first ever performance for the band at Lake of the Ozarks.


Cracker has been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2006’s critically acclaimed "Greenland" album and early reports from the band already indicate that many of the key elements are in place for another brilliant effort from this influential rock act.


As co-founder and guitarist Johnny Hickman recently revealed about these sessions, “This time around we decided to revisit the Kerosene Hat method of making a record. Instead of inviting a lot of musical friends to the party, it’s back to four guys in a room.... beak to beak, firing on all cylinders. Riffs, beats and song titles are flying around like rockets. The energy in there is palpable, combustible ... even frightening. Exactly as it should be.”


The band’s frontman and other co-founder, David Lowery, also added, “Last year in support of the 'Greenland' CD, we did something like 160 shows in 15 countries. It occurred to us that this year we would put the same intensity and energy into writing and recording a record. We don’t do anything half-assed in Cracker. So don’t expect us to emerge until we’ve penned 100 new tracks. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but not too much of one. I think we have 25 pieces of music already. We might even get out and play the occasional show this year.”


As it turns out, these "occasional" shows are already starting to materialize with confirmed July dates in Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, N.M., and other cities. They’ll also be hosting their 4th Annual Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout in Pioneertown, Calif., on Sept 11, 12 and 13, with an extensive lineup of other acts to be announced soon.


Lake Sun Leader