Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, "Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou?," on May 6 through Pitch-A-Tent Records. The follow up to 2002's "Forever" is the first of two new records

Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, "Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou?," on May 6 through Pitch-A-Tent Records. The follow up to 2002's "Forever" is the first of two new records set to be issued this year through the label, which is owned by the group's frontman, David Lowery. The second, titled "Countrysides," is planned for a July release.

According to Pitch-A-Tent, "Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou?" will consist of "live in the studio re-interpretations of classic, and not-so-classic Cracker tracks." Cracker principals Lowery and Johnny Hickman sing and provide instrumentation alongside the Colorado-based band Leftover Salmon. The two acts linked up last summer after a chance meeting in Cracker's Richmond, Va., hometown begat a live, collaborative version of the Cracker favorite "Eurotrash Girl."

Once they hit the studio, the groups worked up a bluegrass reading of "Get Off This," a rocksteady/country hybrid take on "Ms. Santa Cruz County" and a country waltz version of the aforementioned "Eurotrash Girl."

"We hung around the studio for two nights and jammed like the old days when you have a bunch of friends over to jam and reinterpret songs," Lowery says. "I've played these songs hundreds of times, so Leftover Salmon's twists made the songs totally fresh to me."

As for "Countrysides," the group touts it as a collection of new country rock recordings. It will feature such tracks as "It Ain't Gonna Suck Itself" and "Duty Free."

In the meantime, Cracker has a trio of shows planned for the Southeastern U.S. in early May, including one at Atlanta's Music Midtown festival opening for Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow. Afterward, the group will play three shared dates with Lowery's other band Camper Van Beethoven. CVB also plays a week of Southeastern dates in late April.

Here are Cracker's tour dates:

May 1: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Rhythm and Brews)
May 2: Atlanta (Music Midtown)
May 16: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
May 17: Sedona, Ariz. (Cultural Park)

Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven co-bill:

May 13: San Diego (4th and B)
May 14: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
May 15: Hollywood, Calif. (House of Blues)

Camper Van Beethoven:

April 17: Nashville (12th & Porter)
April 18-19: Atlanta (Echo Lounge)
April 24: Raleigh, N.C. (the Brewery)
April 25: Asheville, N.C. (the Orange Peel)
April 26: Charleston, S.C. (the Music Farm)