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Uncle Kracker named 2012 concert headliner

Uncle Kracker

He grew up in the shadow of Motown, graced some of the nation’s largest arenas with Kenny Chesney and Kid Rock, and is days away from releasing his newest album.

The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is pleased to announce Uncle Kracker will headline the 2012 Mule Days concert.

The Mule Days concert is set for Thursday, May 24th, 8 p.m. in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Concert tickets are $42 for Reserved Grandstand seats and $37 for General Admission.

The concert is presented by Justin Boots and Tony Lama Boots, and is co-sponsored by KIBS, 100.7 FM.

With a style frequently described as the perfect nexus of country and soul, the 37-year-old singer/songwriter had a busy year in 2011, spending most of it on the road performing at stadiums and arenas in nearly every major U.S. market with Chesney, along with a number of headlining shows of his own.

And yet, Uncle Kracker, known to his parents as Matt Shafer, still found time to write and record much of his as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. The first taste of the new music is My Hometown – a track produced by country legend Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, George Jones), who also produced Uncle Kracker’s previous release, 2010’s Happy Hour – The South River Road Sessions.

Happy Hour – The South River Road Sessions featured the hit singles Smile and Good To Be Me. After enjoying tremendous success on the pop radio charts, Smile crossed over to become Uncle Kracker’s first solo Top 5 hit on country radio, and proved to be one of 2010’s biggest country songs with single sales exceeding two million. Good To Be Me – a track produced by and featuring guest vocals from longtime friend/songwriting partner Kid Rock – also became a staple on country radio playlists nationwide.

Despite his relatively recent breakthrough solo success in country music, Uncle Kracker is actually no stranger to the audience, scoring a No. 1 hit with When The Sun Goes Down, his collaboration with Chesney. He also co-wrote Kid Rock's multi-format smash hit, All Summer Long – which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard country charts.

“I’ve always had a genuine passion for country. I think that audiences appreciate that, and that’s why they’re giving me a chance,” Uncle Kracker explains. “Country music was one of the types of music I grew up with, so elements of it naturally come out in my songwriting. Listening to a lot of my songs – all the way back to Follow Me – I feel like I’ve been making country music for years.”

Opening for Uncle Kracker will be local sensation, Jeffrey James and the Wanted Gang.

To order tickets online, click here to order online.

For more information about Uncle Kracker, visit For more information about the concert call (760) 872-4263.

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