"She said to me, 'I can't really dance to any of your songs,'" the father of three says with a laugh.
"Not that I needed to make a dance record, but it dawned on me that I tend to write a lot of acoustic ballads and mid-tempo type tunes.
And I thought, 'It's pretty bad when your own kids won't listen to your records. ' At the end of the day, people want to have fun more than they want to cry.
I realized that it was time for something a little more upbeat and positive and that's what I ended up with on Happy Hour." Produced by multiple Grammy-Award winner Rob Cavallo, Happy Hour is a breezy blend of country-flavored pop and rock and roll that showcases not only the Detroit native's natural appeal as a likeable Everyman, but also his considerable gifts as a songwriter.
Other standouts include a stirring cover of Bob Seger's classic "Main Street" and the lone acoustic ballad "Me Again." The songs may go down easy, but that doesn't mean they were easy to write.
Happy Hour is Uncle Kracker's first album in five years because after he finished two years of touring behind his previous release, 2004's Seventy Two & Sunny, he wrote and recorded an entire album that he wound up scrapping.
"I just decided it wasn't the right record," Uncle Kracker says. So I shitcanned all the songs." Uncle Kracker was forced to raise his game when Rob Cavallo was brought in to produce the album.
1 "All Summer Long," as well as his own Adult Top 40 No.I was still legally too young to sign a contract for myself.But people always think it was just like Kid Rock spit me out of his womb and that was it," he says with a laugh.1 'Follow Me' (from his 2000 double-platinum debut Double Wide).
On 'Smile,' the buoyant first single, Uncle Kracker's soulful drawl unspools over massively hooky choruses.With similar taste in hip-hop and classic rock, the two became fast friends.