In 1991, Lowery relocated to Richmond, VA and dove back into music by forming a new band, Cracker, with guitarist Johnny Hickman (an old friend from the Santa Cruz scene) and bassist Davey Faragher (who worked with the final lineup of CVB). Compared to Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker was a much more straightforward rock & roll band, though the lyrics still reflected Lowery's quirky and sometimes wise-ass sense of humor, and the music had a pronounced rooty bent. The group's self-titled debut, recorded with a handful of sessionmen holding down the drums, was released by Virgin Records in 1992 and fared well on MTV and alternative radio thanks to the single "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)," and the follow-up, 1993's Kerosene Hat, introduced the band to the mainstream when the singles "Low" and "Get Off This" became a break-out radio hits and the album went platinum. While Cracker remained active, they never managed to duplicate the success of Kerosene Hat, and after 1998's Gentleman's Blues, the group left Virgin to record for a variety of independent labels. (In 2006, Virgin assembled the compilation Get on with It: The Best of Cracker without the band's participation; Lowery and company responded by re-recording the group's best-known songs for a disc called Greatest Hits Redux, which was released at the same time and outsold the Virgin set.)
In 1999, Lowery partnered with Victor Krummenacher and Jonathan Segal to assemble a Camper Van Beethoven rarities collection, Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead: Long Live Camper Van Beethoven. A few tracks were re-recorded for the album, and in 2002, they released Cigarettes and Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years, a box set that collected CBV's pre-IRS catalog along with a set of rarities and a disc of unreleased live recordings. To support the release of the set, Camper Van Beethoven re-formed to play a handful of live shows, and the group has remained sporadically active ever since, with Lowery dividing his time between the two bands on the road and in the studio (and occasionally pairing them together on the same bill).
When not occupied with his two bands, Lowery is a part-owner of a recording studio in Richmond, VA, Sound of Music Recording. Lowery has also established himself as a producer, working in the studio with Counting Crows, Sparklehorse, Magnolia Electric Co., Modern Skirts, Carbon Leaf, and many more. Lowery made his long-awaited solo debut in 2011 with his first album released under his own name, The Palace Guards. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi