Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on August 1, 2015

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – It was an incredible day heading to the Vogue to see Cracker, and accordingly their first song reflected the atmosphere as they broke out with “One Fine Day” from, their 2002 album, Forever. The positive vibes radiating from the crowd only became stronger as they reached back a little further in time and broke into one of their earlier, but never forgotten hits, “Teen Angst”.

Cracker carries a wonderful mixture of sounds ranging from rock, punk, post-grunge, psychedelia, country, blues and folk. Lead vocalist, David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman formed Cracker in 1991, releasing their self-titled album the following year on Virgin Records. They are best known for their gold-selling 1993 album, Kerosene Hat. The band has been touring since inception, releasing 10 studio albums and several compilations, collaborations, solo projects and live albums. Their newest studio album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, was released in December 2014 on 429 Records, and they made sure to include some of the spectacular songs from it on their set list as well.

Cracker’s amazing fans, known as Crumbs, made the Vogue come alive as they harmonized and danced without missing a beat. Throughout the set Cracker happily brought out new and old material for their dedicated and eager fans. “Almond Grove” and “California Country Boy” both showed the growth of the band as well as the beauty of their old school roots they carry with them. The energy in the room became electric as they played their hit song “Low”, and Johnny Hickman’s guitar solo carried its classic unmatched fierceness. “Euro-Trash Girl” had the crowd in a frenzy as they chanted in unison with the melodic sentiments spilling out of the lips of David Lowery. All in all it was definitely one fine day, and one fantastic evening at The Vogue for everyone that got to enter and witness the phenomenal spectacle that is Cracker. The ‘Hoosier Crumbs’ will undoubtedly wait with baited breath until their next tour.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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