Ain’t no party like a Detroit party, and Uncle Kracker came to the biggest one in town Friday night ready to play — and to have a few laughs.
Main stage headliner Uncle Kracker spent some time backstage at Downtown Hoedown in Detroit, while the crowd outside braved the rain, chatting up WYCD’s Chuck Edwards. Kracker, a whiskey-voiced smoker, said something happened at a local 7-Eleven that’s stayed with him.
“There was a guy in front of me, I was trying to pay for my Slurpee because I was hung over … Slurpees are game changers with hangovers,” Kracker explained. “This guy in front of me was looking for a specific brand of chew … The guy couldn’t even speak English … The guy’s leaned over, looking for this, looking for that, and he said, ‘My girlfriend’s going to be mad if don’t come home with her chew … It was awesome.'”
With that laugh out of the way, Kracker told Edwards he couldn’t be happier to play Hoedown, a Detroit tradition for 31 years.
“For as long as I can remember, Hoedown has been such a tradition, I feel honored and happy about the whole situation,” Kracker said.
What’s next? Uncle Kracker added he just shot the video for his new single “Blue Skies,” which he described as the “best video he’s ever done.”
Beyond that, he’s touring with Kid Rock and ZZ Top and “just looking forward to an awesome, awesome summer.”