With the Hawks now in a series against one of two southern California based teams, and in the Western Conference Final for the second time in two years against a team from California, it’s appropriate that today’s beard be the frontman of two different southern (albeit rural) California bands- David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.
Though born and raised in San Antonio, Lowery was raised primarily in Redlands, California, where both of his acts are based out of. The first of which, Camper Van Beethoven, blended elements of folk, rock, punk, and even classical to form a distinct sound, with their first successful single being “Take The Skinheads Bowling” in 1985. CVB would produce four more albums during their initial run, which ended with a dissolution in 1990.
From there Lowery would form Cracker, which was a more straightforward rock outfit, which announced its presence with “Teen Angst” off of their eponymous debut, and created an even bigger stir with “Low” off of their follow up Kerosene Hat.
However concurrent with Cracker, Lowery would find time to reunite with Camper Van Beethoven even while his newer band was consistently putting out records until 2009. CVB’s first release in 13 years was a borderline piss-take of an entire album covering Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk before finally releasing original material again in 2004 with New Roman Times, as well as records each of the last two years in La Costa Perdida and El Camino Real respectively.
However, in either act Lowery has maintained his razor sharp wit and trademark raspy voice to now go along with a bushy ginger beard that borders on making him look like prior BoTD Chuck Klosterman (four years ago to the day, in fact, by sheer coincidence). Whether or not that’s a good thing is debatable, but the quality of Lowery’s output isn’t.