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David Lowery has always kept his wits about him. It drove both Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker and it fuels his first solo album ever so subtly. His right-hand man Johnny Hickman plays “exactly four guitar licks” according to Lowery, so it’s mostly Lowery and the members of his recording studio in Virginia filling out the musical space. “Baby, All Those Girls Meant Nothing to Me” is a rabble-rousing piece of guitar-power. “Ah You Left Me” takes a broken heart and turns it into a piece of acoustic balladry that’s halfway to Paul Westerberg and the Church’s Steve Kilbey. “Raise ‘Em Up On Honey” is country poker. The title track whispers and claws with a Southern rock that evokes the feeling of old Pavement records. “Big Life” is one of the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse’s final appearances on tape. “I Sold the Arabs the Moon” is a history lesson of sorts in waltz-time.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, David Lowery became one of the unlikely stars of alternative rock in the 1980s and ‘90s, turning his eclectic musical outlook and offbeat sense of humor into a series of songs that made his first band a favorite in underground rock circles and afforded the second a brief fling with mainstream success. Lowery was born in San Antonio, TX on September 10, 1960; his father was in the Air Force and the family moved a great deal before settling in Redlands,...
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