HINCKLEY -- Country artist Hank Williams Jr. and Uncle Kracker, a recent favorite in the country/rap/hip hop scene, will perform 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater.
Tickets are $33, $38 and $45. To purchase tickets, visit the Grand Casino Hinckley or Grand Casino Mille Lacs box offices, or call Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151, contact any Ticketmaster outlet or visit ticketmaster.com.
The legendary Hank Williams Sr. died when little Hank was 3, and by age 8 he made his first appearance on stage singing his father's songs. By age 11, he debuted at the Grand Ole Opry, and by 14, he'd cut his first record, a version of his father's classic, "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."
By the 1970s, Williams' decided to step out of his father's shadow and sing his own music. In 1979, his "Family Tradition" album went gold, and by late 1982 he had nine albums on the charts. In the 1980s, he recorded hits such as "A Country Boy Can Survive," "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" and "Born To Boogie." The 1990s saw him making hits such as "Good Friends, Good Whiskey, Good Lovin'" and other tunes that won him 13 No. 1 albums, 20 gold albums and five platinum albums.
Uncle Kracker, aka Matt Shafer, got his start as the man behind the turntables in Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Tucker Band. Kracker co-wrote some of Kid Rock's biggest hits. In 2000, Kracker released his debut solo album, "Double Wide," and the crossover pop smash, "Follow Me," hit No. 3 on the charts.
Kracker currently tours as a solo artist or with Kid Rock and is enjoying the success of his second album, "No Stranger To Shame." The album includes the first single "In a Little While" and a remake of Dobie Gray's country-soul classic, "Drift Away." Like his pal Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker appeals to audiences with a unique blend of country growl woven into modern rock.
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