Uncle Kracker signs with Welk Music Group – New release ‘Midnight Special’ available November 19th

Uncle Kracker Teams with Sugar Hill Records

New release Midnight Special produced by Keith Stegall available November 19th

First single “NOBODY’S SAD ON A SATURDAY NIGHT” now at Country radio

October 1st, 2012 – Nashville/Los Angeles –  Before Uncle Kracker spent six weeks at #1 with “When the Sun Goes Down,” a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney, country music might’ve seemed an odd place to find the Detroit-based good-time Kid Rock alumni. But as several summer tours with Chesney, the Top 5 “Smile” and the enduring recurrent status of “Sun” prove, Uncle Kracker’s deep melodies and sense of what the heartland means has made him a perfect fit in today’s post-rural realm of country music.

Sugar Hill Records is proud to announce the signing of the man who wrote and recorded the pop Top 10 “Follow Me” and spent nearly an entire year at #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts with his version of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” to the roster which also includes the progressive roots writer Kasey Chambers, multi-Grammy and CMA award winner Kathy Mattea, the legendary Don Williams and upstart duo Joey+Rory.

Kevin Welk, President of The Welk Music Group stated, “Signing Uncle Kracker reinforces Sugar Hill’s mission of developing mainstream country artists.  Our strategic alliance with EMI Nashville enables us to be a force in this arena.  Uncle Kracker’s success and commitment to the country format further strengthens Sugar Hill’s presence in the country marketplace.”

“I like that they sign quality artists.” Uncle Kracker says of his decision. “Each does their own thing, but they get full label support and as an artist, that’s all any of us really wants.”

The first single “NOBODY’S SAD ON A SATURDAY NIGHT,” a ‘theme song for a weekend party’, from his label debut Midnight Special, has already hit the airwaves and is being embraced by Country radio.

With producer Keith Stegall at the helm (Alan Jackson, George Jones and Zac Brown, as well as writing #1 songs for Jackson, George Strait and Dr Hook), Uncle Kracker took his strong sense of melody and infectious choruses into the studio in Nashville. Writing all 11 songs with some of Nashville’s best known writers, including Shane McAnally (“Come Over,” “Somewhere with You,” “Last Call”), Scooter Carusoe (“Anything but Mine,” “Better as a Memory”) and Chris Tompkins (“Before He Cheats,” “Blown Away”), as well as Detroit rocker JT Harding – Uncle Kracker grounds his music in bands people know, places they’ve been, moments they’ve shared and a real sense of America today.

Uncle Kracker just hit the road on a headline tour and support dates with Brantley Gilbert. The tour began on September 20th and runs through November.  See full list of tour dates below.

Click http://soundcloud.com/vanguard-records/uncle-kracker-nobodys-sad-on-a/s-S5LBg to hear the single “NOBODY’S SAD ON A SATURDAY NIGHT.”

2012 Tour Dates

2012-09-27      Lafayette, IN – Elliot Hall of Music w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-09-28      Poplar Bluff, MO- Black River Coliseum w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-09-29      Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre Family Jam w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-09-30      Dallas, TX- Texas State Fair at Fairpark
2012-10-04      Missoula, MT – Adams Center w/  Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-05      Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-06      Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-11      Dodge City, KS – United Wireless Arena w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-12      Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion w/  Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-13      Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-14      Albany, GA- Georgia Throwdown
2012-10-18      Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-19      Las Cruces, NM- Pan American Center w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-20      San Antonio, TX – Cowboys Dance Hall w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-26      Ames, IA – Hilton Coliseum w/Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-27      Rockford, IL – BMO Harris Band Center w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-10-28      Lexington, KY – U of K w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-11-03      Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
2012-11-08      Clemson, SC – Littlejohn Coliseum w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-11-09      Huntington, WV – Big Sandy w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-11-10      Johnson City, TN – Freedom Hall Civic Center w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-11-16      Baton Rouge, LA – River Center w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-11-17      Beaumont, TX – Ford Park w/ Brantley Gilbert
2012-11-23      Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
2012-11-24      Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero Nightclub

The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol. 3′ available on November 19th

Levon Helm spent his life making music and for nearly the past decade the Midnight Ramble was his musical home. Intimate ‘concerts’ held on most Saturday nights at Helm’s ‘Barn’ in Woodstock, NY where litanies of guest artists gather to pay homage to a music Icon.
On November 19, 2012, Vanguard Records/Dirt Farmer Music will release The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3. This collection features select Ramble performances circa 2005 to 2010 with such guest artists as Chris Robinson and Allen Toussaint with The Levon Helm Band: Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Jimmy Weider, Amy Helm, Little Sammy Davis, Teresa Williams, Jay Collins, Eric Lawrence, Clark Gayton, Brian Mitchell, Steven Bernstein, Howard Johnson and Byron Isaacs.

With each track hand-picked by Helm who also designed the cover art, The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 continues to solidify Helm’s legacy as a revered musical force.

The lead track ‘Same Thing’ (click here to listen) features Levon Helm on vocals recorded on February 14, 2009.

The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3
Available: November 19, 2012
Produced by: Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Brendan McDonough
Executive Producers: Levon Helm, Barbara O’Brien
Graphics & Design: Levon Helm, Mike DuBois


Levon Helm 1940 – 2012

Levon – It is an honor and a privilege to have been a part of your brilliant career and to be able to share your music with the world. It gives us enormous pride that we worked alongside such a legend as you won your Grammy Awards and were recognized as a true music icon. The intensity of joy you radiated was only matched by your unending smile. Thank you for being the back beat in musical history for so many. Thank you for being the backbone of positivity for everyone who crossed your path. That’s always been a testament to what you’ve inspired over the course of decades through your music and integrity. When we’ve witnessed a Midnight Ramble, you were gracious and kind—and always brimming with music. You hold a special place not just in our hearts, but in the hearts of millions of others. Thank you for your music. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your joy and generosity. We are forever grateful that you joined our family.

With our love – Vanguard Records/Welk Music Group