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Cracker Biography

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Birth Place: California, United States
Years Active: 1990 – present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Alternative Country

Cracker is an alternative rock band that was founded by singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman. Cracker came together in 1991 out of the ashes of another popular late 1980s, early 1990s band, Camper Van Beethoven. Hickman and Lowery recruited bass guitarist Davey Faragher, with drummer Greg Weatherford filling in for the band's first tour. From there the band went through a number of drummers (Jim Keltner, Michael Urbano and Phil Jones), before settling on Frank Funaro.

They were signed to Virgin Records, who put out their debut album, “Cracker,” in 1992. The album produced the radio hit, “Teen Angst,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

The band found fame with their 1993 album, “Kerosene Hat,” which included the hit songs, “Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Get Off This.” After the success of the band's second album, they hit the road and began touring. The success of the band's second release catapulted them into the limelight, with Cracker becoming an overnight sensation.

The band's third album, “The Golden Age,” appeared in 1996 to moderate success as the music climate at the time began to shift away from guitar-driven alternative rock. Keyboardist Kenny Margolis was added to the line-up at this point and their fourth album, “Gentleman's Blues,” was released in 1998.

1999 saw Camper Van Beethoven re-form and release the critically acclaimed album, “New Roman Times.” At the same time, Hickman released his first solo album, “Palmhenge.” In 2002, Cracker released its next studio album, “Forever,” which once again, was met with limited commercial and critical success.

2003 saw Cracker part ways with Virgin Records and independently release their fifth album, “Countrysides.” The next few years saw the band tour extensively, with Lowery performing in both Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. By 2007, Cracker's line-up had settled on Hickman, Lowery, Funaro and bass guitarist Sal Maida, which would record the 2009 album, “Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey.” 2011 marked the release of Lowery's first solo album, “The Palace Guards,” on 429 Records.