Mike Lowry Band

Mike Lowry Band

 Savannah, Georgia, USA
BandRockAmericana

Hard Rockin' Roots music at its best!! The Mike Lowry Band has the musicianship to go toe to toe with any band on the scene and the type of song writing that could comfort the loneliest soul or incite a riot. It's like John Lennon, Hendrix and Clapton(in his prime) had a party and made a record.

Biography

The Empire State of the South has struck a resounding chord in the great American idiom Rock n’ Roll. Producing artists as diverse as Blind Willie McTell, “Guitar Man” Jerry Reed and the Allman Brothers Band, Georgia has proven itself a showcase for the southern music scene. Now the Peach State is sending another son into the world of American music, Mike Lowry. He’s breathed in the smoke-filled air of hole-in-the-wall rib joints and felt the clickety-clak of the freights driving straight thru to Atlanta and that influence shines through in the true-to-life stories he tells through his songwriting and his virtuosic guitarmanship.

But native talent alone cannot make an artist great, it requires the journey of finding one’s self and the recognition of their own unique perspective. That journey has taken Lowry down many roads, but on his third album, Lowry’s train is pulling into the station.

Concentrating on songwriting, and taking the time in the studio to experiment with new sounds, Lowry is showcasing the maturity he has gained in his years as a working musician. Songs are built up layer by layer with careful attention paid to texture and the aural experience as a whole. The guitar that was formerly the driving force in Lowry’s repertoire has taken a back seat to song craft, but it continues to take the wheel to aide in the slow burn. Lowry’s voice comes through road worn but hungry, with lyrics reflecting the experiences of an artist growing and developing through the process of change. Songs like ‘Already Fallen’ and ‘Don’t Bend’ speak to the struggle of staying true to one’s self when life begins pulling in so many different directions. The result of these recordings is a collection of songs showcasing a great new talent on his way to the top.

But Lowry is no stranger to the music scene, his youth belies more than 12 years of dues paid in the clubs and bars of Atlanta and the surrounding region. Lowry’s saturated, six-string pyromania made him a fixture in famed Atlanta haunts like Fuzzy’s and the Northside Tavern. And that in turn has led to an impressive résumé of opening slots and shared stages with artists including James Brown, John Mayer, Dr. John, Charlie Mussle White, Levon Helms and Jimmy Vaughn. Recently, Lowry spent an extended time on the road with Blues troubadour Tinsley Ellis.

But the long road of a life lived in the entertainment industry is nothing new for Lowry, it is the next chapter in a family tradition. Both Lowry’s parents conducted their livelihood in the confines of show business: his mother as a Broadway singer/dancer and his father as a lighting and effects engineer for 70s concert spectacles including Parliament’s Mothership Connection Tour. With his parents’ influence, Lowry began an early career as a child actor and commercial model appearing in movies, television and radio. But at age 11, Lowry dedicated himself to music after receiving an electric guitar from his father. From there on, he has put all his passion into teaching himself to be the best, on guitar and as a true, from-the-heart, musician’s musician.

Now, Lowry is on the verge of another breakthrough with the recording of his new album. Like all great musicians, he is stepping away from the over-the-top guitar worship of his youth and concentrating on the honesty of the music that will be his calling card in the years to come.

-Daniel McDonald

Lyrics

Reality

Written By: Mike Lowry

Some people put up a protest
And they try to make a change
Sometimes it looks like a movement
Sometimes it just looks like rage

Some people call on a lawyer
Poor ones just go to jail
Lets go back to the trailer
Lazy don’t have a care

You’ve been talking (talking)
Don’t care what you’re saying
I’ve been playing (playing)
are you listening to what I’m saying

Can’t you see, We live our own Reality

Some people think they know Jesus
And go waving his name
And then they’ll say he don’t like you
And it furthers their fame

Hell must be full from the people
That don’t conform to their plan
NO, it’s empty and silent
Cause Jesus sales man can’t damn!

You’ve been talking (talking)
Don’t care what you’re saying
I’ve been playing (playing)
are you listening to what I’m saying
Can’t you see, We live our own Reality

You’ve been talking (talking)
Don’t care what you’re saying
I’ve been playing (playing)
are you listening to what I’m saying
Can’t you see, We live our own Reality

Oh yes we do
When you’ve been told what to do
Don’t you see now
You’ve been blinded and short sighted
You can’t see no more

Already Fallen

Written By: Mike Lowry

Stuck with a youth that I felt wasn’t fast or connected enough
Fell for a truth that was already followed and worked my up

Live among relics and plan for the end
Miss step in process forgot to begin

Already fallen

Born with an anchor, like many
That’s tied to the back of my mind
Looked through the glass above
Hated but wanted the life that’s not mine

Passive frustration now is action
Miss step in process forgot to begin

Already Fallen

Don't Bend

Written By: Mike Lowry

I’m bendable I’m pliable you can push me I won’t break
Twist me anyway you want and I’ll say that it’s OK
I was never good at being strong and trying to get my way
But fuck it with this lying down it’s over with today

Our favorite sons are fallen ones who were fighting for themselves
When I wasn’t fighting indolence I fought for someone else
I had said already fallen but there is story left to tell
I slow constantly redirect motive is not fail

You got to see it, visualize
If you want t take it, is no need to compromise

Don’t bend
When someone tries to push you
Don’t bend
cause they’ll push till you break
Saying yes is your biggest mistake

I could still continue standing
But ‘not fallings’ not enough
I scream and stir inside my head while languid is observed
Set a goal for my direction I’m relying on myself
When you have no destination just surviving is what’s left

Don’t Bend

Seconal

Written By: Mike Lowry

Woke up from a Seconal Slumber
So much despair I chew my gun when I’m hungry
A life of finer things and plenty of money
Can’t cure the feeling that has got me going under

I got a call I’m coming home
I’m on way It won’t be long
I got a call I heard a song
I’m on my way I’m coming home

Doctor cure me feel I’m stuck in a nightmare
Amanda knows and now I’m living my worst fear
Can’t go home to a home that I’ve never known
I saw that arrow and I know that it’s flown

I got a call I’m coming home
I’m on way It won’t be long
I got a call I heard a song
I’m on my way I’m coming home

I’m going home to a home I’ve never known
I’m going home to a home I’ve never known
Mama, Lord, I’m going home Lord, to a home I’ve never known