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Get ‘Low’ with Cracker: The band stops at Launchpad with Camper Van Beethoven

Alternative rock outfit Cracker is touring in support of its double-disc album, “Berkeley to Bakersfield.” (Courtesy of BradFord Jones)

Alternative rock outfit Cracker is touring in support of its double-disc album, “Berkeley to Bakersfield.” (Courtesy of BradFord Jones)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — David Lowery has had quite a week. Not only has the leader of alternative rock band Cracker been planning a tour, he’s been dealing with the rigors of back to school.

Lowery teaches a music business college course at University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

“There are like 35,000 students and there was a computer glitch with my building,” he says during a recent phone interview. “We’ve come a long ways with technology, but nobody can really plan for it. But it’s fixed now, and all is good.”

Lowery is finding that teaching and touring works out well for him. He teaches his class Tuesdays through Thursdays.

“This gives me time for weekend tours,” he says. “And during the summer I have off, which is when we get the majority of the touring done.”

Lowery and Cracker are currently on the last leg of the tour for the double disc album, “Berkeley to Bakersfield,” which was released in 2014.

The band includes Johnny Hickman, Bryan Howard, CoCo Owens, Thayer Sarrano and Matt Stoessel.

Lowery says the writing process took a few years for the current album. Yet, it wasn’t because there were problems.

“We basically wrote four albums,” he says. “We did the two-disc album for Cracker and also two albums released under Camper Van Beethoven. That’s a lot of material to be writing.”

Despite the amount of work, Lowery says the band was ready for the project.

“We knew what we were getting into,” he says. “We’ve always worked hard and have bounced back and forth between touring and writing material all of our career. This time it was just more time writing in a huge block of time. Now we’re touring the material and it’s great to get it out there.”


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