David Lowery is the rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. He has also previously performed with Box O'Laffs, Eugene Chadbourne, Fsk and Sparklehorse. He is also an accomplished producer, having produced albums for such artists as Counting Crows and Sparklehorse. On February 1, 2011, Lowery released his first solo album, The Palace Guards. In announcing the record, Lowery stated, "After 27 years I have decided it is time for a solo album. This is not the end of Cracker or Camper Van Beethoven. I will continue recording and playing with both bands."