Eclectic pop-rockers Cracker embark on a 10-date club tour Saturday in support
of their fourth LP, the critically heralded Gentleman's Blues.
"I enjoy touring. I enjoy playing shows. One of the great things about Cracker
that we've discovered is that we can just play shows all the time,"
singer/guitarist David Lowery said.
Beginning in their home state of Virginia with Saturday's show at the NRV
Speedway in Roanoke, the five-piece band -- fronted by Lowery -- will cycle
through the Midwest before shutting down with a Nov. 30 gig in Kingston, N.Y.
Consisting of Lowery, guitarist Johnny Hickman, drummer Frank Funaro, bassist
Bob Rupe and keyboardist Kenny Margolis, Cracker teamed with such guests
as guitarist Mike Campbell (Tom Petty), keyboardist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty)
and bassist Tommy Stinson (Perfect, Replacements) for the recording of
Gentleman's Blues, which features the moody single
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Lowery formed Cracker after the 1989 breakup of the art-rock outfit Camper Van
Beethoven and quickly filled the airwaves with songs such as the modern-rock
radio hit "Low" (RealAudio excerpt), from the band's
second LP, 1993's Kerosene Hat.
Lowery, who recently served as co-producer of the folk-rock band Counting
Crows' upcoming third LP, said the Cracker road show is one of his favorite
parts of the rock 'n' roll game.
"We can play six or eight shows a month. It doesn't matter whether we have a
record out or not. And that becomes really fun," he said. "I really enjoy those
Cracker Tour Dates:
Nov. 7; Roanoke, Va., NRV Speedway
Nov. 14; Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre
Nov. 15; Lincoln, Neb., Guitars & Cadillacs
Nov. 17; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Nov. 18; Des Moines, Iowa, Super Toad
Nov. 19; Milwaukee, Wis., The Rave
Nov. 20; Chicago, Ill., Metro
Nov. 21; Columbus, Ohio, Mekka
Nov. 22; Pontiac, Mich., Clutch Cargo
Nov. 30; Kingston, N.Y., UPAC