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Celebrating stories and fans: Cracker shows lead up to final Campout in California

Johnny Hickman and David Lowery make up the rock band Cracker. (Courtesy of Bradford Jones)

It’s the day before the Fourth of July.

David Lowery is in a sort of limbo because everything is closed.

Very few people are working in the music business today.

So he’s taking advantage of the down time and getting ready for a tour.

“The day has been filled with me updating my iPad and making sure I have enough (guitar) picks,” he says during a recent interview. “It’s one of those days when you can get all the little, yet important, things done.”

Lowery is about to head out on a trek with his band Cracker. He’s also pulling double duty as the opening act with another band, Camper Van Beethoven.

Cracker – made up of Lowery and Johnny Hickman – is best known for its 1993 album “Kerosene Hat,” which spawned the hit songs “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl.”

Lowery will perform with both bands at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

If that wasn’t enough, Lowery has also been hard at work on a solo project.

“I made the album and I’m treating it like a movie,” he says. “It’s going to be like a window release of a movie. I’m only selling it at the show on tour. Eventually, it will roll out on digital platforms.”

Lowery says the Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven shows are usually done in the winter.

The bands decided to do a second half in the summer leading up to the 15th and final Campout in Pioneertown, California.

The event was put together as a festival celebrating the stories and fans of both bands.

“This is the last Campout simply because every story has a beginning and an end. And as one of the authors of this story, I have to say this is the perfect ending. If this were a TV series, we’re trying to avoid the mistake of going one season too long,” he says. “We will not be adding a baby to the show. We will not be introducing a new character, like the wisecracking cousin Shamus Van Beethoven from Philadelphia. Fonzie will not be putting on water skis and no sharks will be jumped.”

Lowery says some of his solo music will also be performed and the writing process for it has been an exercise in getting introspective.

“The project is autobiographical,” he says. “I’ve been slowly working on it through different years. Part of the reason I did it was to get out of my own comfort zone. It was a big change doing this because I was by myself and writing about my life.”

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