Mule Days event organizers announced Tuesday that concert headliner Terri Clark has cancelled her May 24 appearance at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.
“It’s our understanding Ms. Clark cancelled four West Coast appearances in May, including ours, due to scheduling conflicts,” Barbara Laughon, Bishop Mule Days spokesman, said. “While naturally this is a disappointment, we are in talks with another nationally-recognized vocalist who is willing to step in at this late date.”
Wednesday morning, Mule Days announced that Clark will be replaced with world-renowned artist Uncle Kracker, who made a name for himself touring nation-wide with singers such as Kid Rock and Kenny Chesney.
Clark has also cancelled concerts scheduled at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico on May 25 and the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, on May 29, “due to scheduling conflicts.”
The Mule Days concert is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.
Those who have purchased tickets for the Clark performance will be required to exchange them for Uncle Kracker tickets, or, if they do not want to see the new performer, get a refund.
Laughon said she encourages those who have already purchased their concert tickets to reconsider returning them for a refund.
With a style frequently described as the perfect nexus of country and soul, the 37-year-old singer/songwriter had a busy year in 2011, spending most of it on the road performing at stadiums and arenas in nearly every major U.S. market with Chesney, along with a number of headlining shows of his own.
And yet, Uncle Kracker, known to his parents as Matt Shafer, still found time to write and record much of his as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. The first taste of the new music is “My Hometown” – a track produced by country legend Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, George Jones), who also produced Uncle Kracker’s previous release, 2010’s “Happy Hour – The South River Road Sessions.”
“Happy Hour – The South River Road Sessions” featured the hit singles “Smile” and “Good To Be Me.” After enjoying tremendous success on the pop radio charts, “Smile” crossed over to become Uncle Kracker’s first solo Top 5 hit on country radio, and proved to be one of 2010’s biggest country songs with single sales exceeding two million. “Good To Be Me” – a track produced by and featuring guest vocals from longtime friend/songwriting partner Kid Rock – also became a staple on country radio playlists nationwide.
Despite his relatively recent solo success in country music, Uncle Kracker is actually no stranger to the audience, scoring a No. 1 hit with “When The Sun Goes Down,” his collaboration with Chesney. He also co-wrote Kid Rock’s multi-format smash hit, “All Summer Long” – which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard country charts.
“I’ve always had a genuine passion for country. I think that audiences appreciate that, and that’s why they’re giving me a chance,” Uncle Kracker said in a press release. “Country music was one of the types of music I grew up with, so elements of it naturally come out in my songwriting. Listening to a lot of my songs – all the way back to ‘Follow Me’ – I feel like I’ve been making country music for years.”
For more information about Uncle Kracker, visit unclekracker.com. For more information about Bishop Mule Days, visit MuleDays.org or call (760) 872-4263.