With Kid Rock's "Only God Knows Why" playing in the background, Kid Rock's protégé Uncle Kracker poses his mentor a question: "What if I don't make it?" It's hard to believe that a musician would open his major label debut CD with inspirational career advice from Kid Rock. But Kid Rock does know a thing or two about becoming a rock icon to legions of suburban teens and porn stars. As Kid Rock's self-proclaimed best friend/DJ/backup singer/multi-platinum co-writer/sidekick thug boy, Uncle Kracker has Kid Rock's MTV-ready charisma and raunchy rock-rap fur-lined coattails to thank for the existence of this album. Maybe there is something in his native waters of Detroit, but Uncle Kracker definitely takes full advantage of the opportunity and delivers an amusing, party-ready debut CD of country, rockabilly, and hip-hop-infused rock & roll that is guaranteed to please. Each song drips with Uncle Kracker's laid-back, white-trash, Detroit-worshiping, beer-swilling attitude. "Better Days" is a soulful, country-fried rock ode to drifting through life, ready-made for an afternoon of lawn chairs and sun. "What 'Chu Lookin' At?" is a declaration of moving on, dissing girls of the past, and partying on. "Heaven" is a memorial to the glory of Detroit that perfectly blends the twanging country guitars of "If Heaven Ain't a Lot Like Dixie" with testosterone-drenched hard rock. It's male bravado, plain and simple. Your opinion of Uncle Kracker, however, is largely dependent on your opinion of Kid Rock. Kid Rock's fingerprints are left all over the album, which is understandable considering he produced and co-wrote nearly every song. The album is even filled with samples from Kid Rock's breakthrough album, 1998's Devil Without a Cause. If you loved Devil Without a Cause and History of Rock, you'll find Double Wide a welcome third helping. It's more of the same; however, Uncle Kracker provides an added dose of melody to the Kid Rock formula with his gravelly, mellow, and rather soulful voice. It lacks the mosh-pit power of Devil Without a Cause but eclipses nearly everything on History of Rock. At times, the album does sound a bit recycled, but when you're having this much fun at a party, who really cares? Who knows how long the formula will remain fresh, but on Double Wide, Uncle Kracker hits like a full house of raucous dynamite.
Performance CreditsUncle Kracker Primary Artist,Vocals,DJ
Kid Rock Guitar,scratching,Drums,Vocals
Kenny Olson Guitar
James Montgomery Harmonica
Mike Bradford Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Jason Krause Guitar
Stefanie Eulinberg Drums
Jimmie Bones Keyboards,Vocals
Lynn Owsley Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical CreditsKid Rock Programming,Producer
Mike Bradford Programming,Producer,Engineer
Robert J. Ritchie Composer
Matthew Shafer Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Follow me was for me and my girlfriend, our song. Not cuz any of us were wit someone else at the time and went astray, but because of the mellow flow of music and the better parts of the lyrics. We've played it when we were together close, and when she was away so far. A song couldn't have picked a better couple of listeners than us. But she has recently left me....so now I can only cry when I hear it.....
if you like follow me, don't bother buying the whole cd -- it's nothing like follow me. too much kid rock influence going on here.
I love the song follow me, it is the best off this cd.
Double Wide is an album that expresses exactly how he feels. I applaud him for his great acheivment and i just want to say. Go UNCLE KRACKER!
i love to listen to it everyday. larry and i can relate to this song so much.don't knock it.''follow me and everything will be alright and if u want to leave i can guarantee u won't find anybody else like me''
I am a mother of two children and I know that everytime that the song ''Follow-Me'' comes on whether were in the car or cleaning around the house All I here is turn it up and were a very clean looking family that go to church but this song is really cool and fun to listen to. As A mom I really want to thank you guys as the rappers for making clean easy listening music that could change the way the kid's think today Thank you Thank you. Mrs. Pickens
I love the Reggae Rocks CD. It combines music from such groups as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Green Day with reggae greats like Steel Pulse, Big Mountain and The Mighty Diamonds. After listening to the CD I don¿t think I¿ll ever go back to listening to the original tracks.