Uncle Kracker has today released his new single titled ‘Cruising Altitude’. To peg Uncle K into a single genre would be a f*ckup of epic proportions. Uncle Kracker is a genre hopper. Sold rock, country and even a bit of pop sprays out of ‘Cruising Altitude’. But, what’s more, there is a signature sound that, above all, defines the musical journey he goes through. Continually.
While you may think this is a feel good song for the fall, it’s actually the soundtrack to that next perfect memory, whatever it is. Because music helps put our lives into perspective, when it’s done right.
About ‘Cruising Altitude’
The multi-genre and multi-platinum hitmaker sat down with the Warren Brothers and JT Harding to create this high-flying anthem.
“I’m stoked to release this feel-good song of the fall,” says Uncle Kracker. “I sat down with the Warren brothers and JT Harding one morning to write. We were chatting about strip clubs. From there, the conversation turned into about where we were from and the Warren brothers’ father, who was a pilot — one thing led to another… ‘Cruising Altitude.’ You’re welcome!”
The new tune follows Uncle Kracker’s upbeat summer single “Reason To Drink,” along with the nostalgic ballad “Sweet 16” — with American Songwriter highlighting the song’s “infectious melody,” adding: “‘Sweet 16’ is an earworm on the surface but, becomes a moving vignette of growing old the closer you listen.”
Always active on the road, Uncle Kracker recently wrapped a successful run with ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd for the “Sharp Dressed Simple Man” tour, and earlier this year he performed multiple sets at CMA Fest. He will continue touring around the U.S. throughout the year. Click here for more information and to purchase Uncle Kracker tickets.
About Uncle Kracker
Uncle Kracker cuts right to the chase. He knows people want to kick back, forget about their troubles, and have a good time, so he’s always willing to oblige. For over two decades, the multi-platinum artist born Matthew Shafer has consistently soundtracked such good times with his boldly breezy blend of country, pop, and rock spiked with a splash of hip-hop.
The world initially met Uncle Kracker during his stint in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, lending his songwriting and musical acumen to seven cuts off the RIAA diamond-certified Devil Without A Cause. However, fans fell in love with him on his solo debut Double Wide in 2000. It not only crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 at #7, but it also picked up a double-platinum certification and paved the way for the gold-certified follow-up No Stranger To Shame .
He has impressively notched #1 entries in three different genre lanes, topping Pop, Adult Contemporary, and Country charts. The platinum “Follow Me” clinched #1 in four countries, while the double-platinum “When The Sun Goes Down” [with Kenny Chesney] vaulted to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart. He made history with his cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.” It logged 28 consecutive weeks at #1 on Adult Contemporary Radio, earning “the most weeks atop any Billboard chart.”
Meanwhile, “Smile” shined across culture. It reached triple-platinum status and landed dozens of syncs, including a spot for The Office and a tribute montage to Regis Philbin on his final episode of Live With Regis & Kelly. Following 2012’s country album Midnight Special, he served up singles such as “Endlessly,” “Floatin’,” and “No Time To Be Sober.” Now in 2023, he’s released “Sweet 16” — his first proper single since the notorious pandemic, followed by “Reason To Drink.”