Charlie Cracker says
WELCOME to the Cracker Shack! Grab your cane pole, a can of worms and a hoe cake or two and meet me at the fishin hole.
Songwriter, musician, artist and cook Charlie Cracker is a fifth generation Floridian. "I enjoy sharing with others some of the sights, sounds, flavors and stories, along with some of my experiences growing up in central Florida," says Charlie. He shares his unique blend of cracker wisdom through his music, art and through the various historical demonstrations and events he appears at throughout the south east. "I try to write, sing and talk about what I feel and what I believe in, and I hope people enjoy that. I have chased wild cattle through the scrub, fished, hunted, swam or camped on nearly every river, creek, swamp, lake and beach in central Florida. I've worked as a cook, dockhand, tour guide, bar man, tree surgeon, construction worker, orange picker, fern cutter and even sold suntan oil to tourists on beachside pool decks. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, if I don't know the answer, I will be glad to make up something you'll believe."
"What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?" Shakespeare-1595
What is a 'cracker'?
"There are whip crackers, corn crackers, joke crackers and Florida crackers, who are made up of all the above," says Charlie Cracker.
As early as the 1760s, the term "cracker" was in use by the upper class planters in the British North American colonies to refer to Scots-Irish and English settlers in the south, most of whom were descendants of English bond servants. A letter to the Earl of Dartmouth reads: "I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by Crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia, who often change their places of abode." Florida cracker refers to the original colonial-era English and American pioneer settlers of what is now the U.S. State of Florida, and their descendants. The first of these arrived in 1763 when Spain traded Florida to Great Britain. (wikipedia)
So now you know the "official" definition, but I think John Keasler may have said it best in 'Surrounded On Three Sides', "There is no easy definition for a Florida Cracker. Either you are or you aren't. A Cracker is inclined to gamble and knows when it's going to rain."
Charlie Cracker is currently booking events in the S.E. U.S.A. If you are interested in having a historical demonstration of early Florida camplife, flutemaking and/or a musical performance of all original material at your event or venue, please contact:
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