Contact Us

Uncle Kracker, ‘Drift Away’ – Terrible Classic Rock Covers

Dobie Gray’s classic rendering of Mentor Williams’ ‘Drift Away’ back in 1973 is pretty much the epitome of a hit song, top to bottom. It’s got that great little Stephen Stills-esque guitar lick in the intro and one of the most memorable, sing-along-able choruses ever written (“Give me the beat, boys and free my soul / I wanna get lost in your rock and roll / And drift away”). It also made Gray a superstar, with the record selling over a million copies and going all the way to No. 5.

Thirty years later, the song got the cover treatment by adult-contemporary pop star Uncle Kracker, who had most notably been connected to Kid Rock (he was the rap-metal-country rocker’s DJ). In a “Terrible Classic Rock Covers” first, Kracker would re-record ‘Drift Away’ and feature Dobie Gray, as a “special guest.”

The first thing you notice missing in the cover is the guitar riff in the beginning; it’s replaced by a way-less-cool, dribbly Fender Rhodes lick (or some sort of electric piano). The second thing you notice is Kracker’s vocals, which are pretty plain and nondescript; they sound like a guy who took 8th-grade vocal lessons doing his best job to impress the pretty girl in the corner at karaoke night at the local watering hole.

When Gray’s parts come in, however, we can just hear Kracker crying ‘uncle’ — if you’re going to do a cover song of an absolutely amazing song like ‘Drift Away,’ make sure the original artist that made the song famous doesn’t completely upstage you on the actual record itself.

Next: Terrible Classic Rock Cover: The Lemonheads

Listen to Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away’

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!