Musician and Artist’s Rights Activist David Lowery Brings Cracker Back to Gainesville for Changeville 2018


This is the full-length version of the interview that aired on Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Morning Edition. Host Glenn Richards spoke with musician, producer, writer, mathematician, serial entrepreneur, and artist’s rights activist, David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. Lowery also teaches music business at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in Athens, Georgia, where he also he helped establish the Athens Angel Investment Fund.

Lowery and his band Cracker are in Gainesville for Changeville Presents Cracker at High Dive in downtown Gainesville Friday, February 9th at 10pm, part of the Changeville Music & Arts Festival 2018, Gainesville’s Social Change Festival.

The Cracker show is scheduled to start after Benjamin Booker + Dirty Dozen at Changeville/Bo Diddley Plaza, so you should be able to catch both. More details about Changeville at

As an activist, David Lowery is a major advocate for artist’s rights in the digital age, having testified to Congress twice on behalf of artists. He’s also part of class-action lawsuits against streaming companies like Pandora, Rhapsody, and Spotify. A $43.4 million dollar settlement with Spotify was announced in May, 2017, but still needs to be approved by the court. Lowery also recently published the 2017 Streaming Price Bible at his artist’s rights blog, The

This extended conversation covers the latest on some of these class action lawsuits against music streaming services, what music fans can do to help songwriters and musicians, what’s happening with Lowery’s bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, and the benefits of music placement and Sharknado.

About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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