David Lowery is a mathematician, writer, artists’ rights advocate, musician, producer and serial entrepreneur based in Athens GA.
While studying mathematics and computers at the University of California Santa Cruz in the early 1980’s, Lowery founded the critically acclaimed ensemble Camper Van Beethoven and associated record label Pitch-a-Tent Records. With these two entities, he helped jump start the Indie Rock movement.
In 1991, Lowery moved on to the ensemble Cracker, which produced five, top ten alternative/rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. During this time he produced a variety of albums, including albums for critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists, such as The Counting Crows, Magnolia Electric Company and Sparklehorse.
Lowery began teaching the economics and finance of the music business at the University of Georgia in 2011. He is now a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Higher Education at University of Georgia. In 2012 with a few like-minded entrepreneurs, he helped establish The Athens Angel Investment Fund and separately he is an investor and advisor for the popular music instrument online marketplace Reverb.com.
Lowery is one of the key writers for www.thetrichordist.com. This blog examines Artists’ Rights in the digital age. He has become an outspoken critic of technology companies for unfair treatment of musicians and other songwriters and has been featured in the NY Times. Two of Lowery’s pieces have gone massively viral, Letter to Emily White Intern at NPR All Songs Considered And Meet the New Boss, Worse than the Old Boss?.
Lowery is still extremely active with both his bands. In the last 5 years he has released a solo album The Palace Guards (2011); two Camper Van Beethoven albums La Costa Perdida (2013) and El Camino Real (2014); and a critically acclaimed Cracker double disk set Berkeley to Bakersfield (Dec 2014).