Dirty-blues-rock guitarist and singer / songwriter Tim Lowman, aka Low Volts, has entered into a new partnership with Stone Brewing Co. Lowman is providing the soundtrack to a series of videos that tell the stories behind Stone's beers.
When Stone first got in touch with Lowman, he sent the company his entire catalog, and Stone began to use selected songs right away. But shortly after, Stone commissioned him to write new music.
"I just basically plugged in my amp and played what I wanted to hear," Lowman says of the new instrumentals.
So far, Lowman says Stone's used about eight to 10 of his songs, half of which were written specifically for the project. He describes some as having a "high-desert style" similar to heavier bands like Queens of the Stone Age. Some are "nasty," as he puts it, and others are "light and summery jams." And he's in the process of doing even more recording.
"I've been asked to do more," he says. "So, I'm in the next phase of doing that, but, at the same time, I'm writing stuff for a new record."
In fact, Lowman is working on two records. One will be the third proper Low Volts album and follow-up to 2012's Oh My Stars. He recently spent a month on tour playing some of his new songs live, which he said have been drawing a good response from audiences. The other album will be a full-length instrumental record featuring some of the material he's recorded for Stone, as well as some new pieces.
There's a lot of work ahead of him, but for the time being, Lowman is focused on the Stone project.
"I'm stoked to be a part of something like this," he says. "We are building something together."