Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Cracker is not from Athens, but front man David Lowery recently moved there.  His is a great example how Athens is a magnet for musical talent and how, when you spend time in Athens, you sometimes never want to leave.  Lowery's Athens connections:
  • He owns a record company in town (Pitch-A-Tent Records).
  • He teaches a music business class at UGA.
  • He’s married to the talent buyer of the 40 Watt Club; they even held their wedding in Lowery’s UGA classroom.  Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers was best man, and Barrie Buck, former wife of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and owner of the 40 Watt Club, was maid of honor. Cracker front man marries during UGA class
Cracker was formed in 1991 by Lowery and longtime friend Johnny Hickman shortly after the breakup of Lowery’s previous band, Camper Van Beethoven.  Cracker has released ten studio albums, one achieving platinum status (1993’s Kerosene Hat).

Lowery recently told INsite Magazine: "Athens...has always been one of those places that has been very important, going back to Camper Van Beethoven.  It was a town that embraced us, early on." And describing the current Athens music scene to Bulldawg Illustrated magazine: "There's nothing like it."

Here are two songs from Cracker's latest album, Berkeley to Bakersfield.

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