Cracker is releasing their tenth studio album, entitled 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.
As Lowery explains, On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup - Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.
This Bakersfield disc represents the California country side of the band. Throughout the band s 24-year history we've dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.