Soul Asylum and Cracker
July 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Acclaimed alt-rock bands Soul Asylum and Cracker are performing a double headline concert at the Paramount Theater!
Formed in Minneapolis in 1981, Grammy Award-winning band Soul Asylum’s raucous live sets and early releases on the hometown indie label Twin/Tone — including the albums Say What You Will, Made to Be Broken and While You Were Out — earned it a loyal fan base and widespread critical acclaim.
Soul Asylum’s indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988’s Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, and achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992’s Grave Dancers Union and 1995’s Let Your Dim Light Shine. Grave Dancers Union featured the international hits “Runaway Train,” which won a 1994 Grammy as Best Rock Song, and “Black Gold,” while Let Your Dim Light Shine spawned the hit “Misery.”
Chart-topping band Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, and insurgent-country. They have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything, Cracker are survivors. Cofounders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This,” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base that— despite the major sea-changes within the music industry— continues to grow each year.
Cracker‘s tenth and most recent studio effort, the double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. Musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late 70s and 80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Despite these differences, they are both elements that Lowery and Hickman have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades.
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