Uncle Kracker serves up country rock at Jackson Rancheria

Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer) may have started his musical career in rap, but he has become far better known for his easy-listening, country-rock hits.

Once a DJ for Kid Rock, Shafer stepped out from behind the turntables in search of a solo career, beginning with his debut album “Double Wide” in 2000.

He has since put a bear hug on nostalgia-tinged pop music (a remix of “Drift Away” with the original singer Dobie Gray on vocals had a long chart run) and has lately been seen with the likes of Kenny Chesney and performing on the same bill with Merle Haggard.

Uncle Kracker is scheduled to perform Saturday at Jackson Rancheria, with a lively crowd expected. Having come through the season of fairs and other outdoor venues, Shafer will likely be ready for the more intimate surroundings. It’s a good chance to feature music from his latest album, “Midnight Special,” including the radio-friendly boot-stomper “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night.”

Shafer is from Michigan and his music references the working-class people who populated his world as he was growing up. He once said he tends to be most comfortable around folk who have jacked-up pickup trucks.

That may be an attempt to pander to a certain segment of his fan base, or it may be an earnest statement (it could also be both).

His music, though, is clearly sincere (listen to his latest single “Blue Skies”), and that is what counts. (7 p.m.; $20;

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