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8th annual CAMPOUT WEST w/ CRACKER, CHRIS SHIFLETT (Foo Fighters) & THE DEAD PEASANTS and much more! 7pm


8th annual CAMPOUT WEST w/ CRACKER, CHRIS SHIFLETT (Foo Fighters) & THE DEAD PEASANTS and much more! 7pm

September 15, 2012


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outdoor stage



indoor stage

Jonathan Segel

Victor Krummenacher

The Piggies

Cracker (Main Stage) 9:00-11

The Dead Peasants w Chris Shiflett from Foo Fighters (Main stage) 8:00

The Piggies from Colorado (Palace Stage) 7:00

Band Meet and Greet poster signing 5:00 - 6:00

Calamity (Palace Stage) 11:30pm

Jonathan Segel from CVB (Palace Stage) 12:30am

A brief rundown of Cracker’s history: Lowery, in the mid-80s, in Santa Cruz, California, formed Camper Van

Beethoven, and their “Take the Skinheads Bowling” became an instant

college radio staple. When CVB disbanded on tour in Sweden, following

their second major label release, Lowery formed Cracker with his

longtime friend Johnny Hickman. (The pair had met on the local music

scene as teenagers in Redlands, CA.) Cracker’s emergent sound had less

in common with Camper’s exotic excursions and was more in synch with the

Kinks and Southern roots music. They released their self-titled debut

on Virgin, and following the #1 Modern Rock hit “Teen Angst (What The

World Needs Now),” the band became a minor commercial sensation

(complete with then-significant MTV exposure). The platinum-selling

Kerosene Hat contained the enormous, era-defining hit single “Low,” as

well as “Get Off This,” and “Eurotrash Girl.” When the dust settled,

Cracker found themselves with an ever-growing, devoted following both in

the U.S. (where fans refer to themselves as Crumbs) and throughout

Europe. Today the band stays well connected to yet another generation of

fans via internet, many of whom were kids when these alt-rock

godfathers were first ruling rock radio.

Chris Shiflett&The Dead Peasants


The self-titled debut album from Chris Shiflett&The Dead

Peasants shows a new, perhaps unexpected side of the longtime Foo

Fighter lead guitarist: his skill at writing slightly dialed-down,

infectious Americana-laced rock songs. The album is chock-full of

soulful pedal steel- and twang guitar-accented songs steeped in his

longtime appreciation of classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon

Jennings, Hank Williams), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Elvis, Eddie

Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Replacements, The Rolling

Stones, X). Built around Shiflett’s innate pop sensibilities and punk

enthusiasm, each track reveals new layers on repeated and ever rewarding


Chris Shiflett&The Dead Peasants sets aside Shiflett’s big

guitar sound played through a distortion pedal and a loud amp in favor

of twangy electric guitars and his beloved Martin acoustic. The album

highlights his versatility and skill not only as a guitarist –

showcasing his deft playing in an entirely new light – but also as a

songwriter: the songs are some of the best, most realized that he’s

written. Lyrically, the songs frequently deal with loss…Loss of love, as

in the soulful, heavy, ballad-esque “God Damn;” in the chiming keys and

buoyant, ringing guitars that belie the crestfallen

relationship-gone-wrong of “Get Along;” and in the pedal steel,

mandolin, and evocative guitar solo that underline the heartache on

“Bandaged”…Or of life, as in the stirring, bluesy groove of “An

Atheist’s Prayer;” the rueful slide guitar, country swing of “Death

March;” and the spry, jaunty, Old 97s-ian “Baby, Let It Out.”

For Shiflett, also known for his two albums with rock/punk project

Jackson United, the formation of The Dead Peasants can be traced back to

preparation for a 2008 performance at the Hootenanny, a punk-rockabilly

festival in Orange County, CA. A short while after, friend Joey Cape

(of Lagwagon) asked him to open on an acoustic tour, for which Shiflett

re-worked a few older songs for a more intimate setting in addition to

some cover songs (such as this album’s “Burning Lights,” which Joe

Strummer plays in the 1990 Finnish movie I Hired A Contract Killer).

Inspiration struck throughout this process and he began writing the

songs that would make up Chris Shiflett&The Dead Peasants over the

course of 2008/9.

The album was recorded in December 2009/January 2010 at the Foo

Fighters’ Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, with house engineer John

Lousteau, who both engineered and handled the drums. Shiflett called

upon friend Derek Silverman to play keyboards and the trio would become

the core band for the recordings. Once the basic tracking was done,

various instrumentation was added by a select group of esteemed players,

including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny

Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams,

Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie

Caillat) on violin and mandolin, Eddie Perez (Dwight Yoakam) on guitar,

and Audra Mae on backing vocals.

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