Cracker's David Lowery, Johnny Hickman talk about the band's evolution and love in Tampa
For 20 years, frontman David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman have made up the core of Cracker, which returns to Tampa on Saturday for a show with Reverend Horton Heat and the Legendary Shack Shakers at Ritz Ybor.
“Tampa is one of those places that’s always been good to Cracker,” says Lowery, 49, from his Richmond, Va. studio. “It seems like every summer we play Tampa. Why don’t we go there when it’s cold?”
Many Cracker fans — the most dedicated call themselves “Crumbs” — have followed Lowery’s 30-year musical path since he formed ’80s southern California band Camper Van Beethoven. The band’s first two albums, Cracker and Kerosene Hat, fused folk and punk influences with bar room blues at a time when Seattle rockers like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains ruled radio airplay.
Saturday's show is at 7 p.m. at the Ritz; tickets are $26. Click here to purchase.
And click here to read the rest of Patrick Flanary's interview with Lowery and Hickman.
Photo: James Thrasher