Rock band Cracker (semi-acoustic duo David Lowery and Johnny Hickman) perform at 10 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St., in support of their recent acclaimed double-album, “Berkeley to Bakersfield.”
The album features two sides of the California landscape – the San Francisco Bay Area and down-state in Bakersfield.
Despite being less than a five-hour drive apart, the two regions couldn’t be further apart musically. In the late 1970s and ’80s harder-edged rock music emerged from the Bay Area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the 1960s and ’70s.
Despite the differences, those are elements Cracker has embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums the past two decades.
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On “Berkeley To Bakersfield,” instead of integrating the genres on one disc, they have neatly compartmentalized them onto their respective regionally titled LPs.
“Berkeley” (disc 1) features the rock sounds of the Bay Area that has informed their music since their inception in the early 1990s, while the “Bakersfield” disc showcases their nearly 25-year love affair with that area’s country and roots music.