Panama City, Florida-based guitarist LOWELL HOPPER has a distinct bluesy-jazz style that in some aspects resembles his guitar heroes--Wes Montgomery, BB King, and Carlos Santana. Besides playing electric and classical guitars, Lowell is well versed on keyboards, four- and five-string electric basses, and produces as well.
Growing up in Bassett, Virginia, Lowell Hopper was introduced to music at an early age. He would often listen to his father play the acoustic guitar and sing around their house. Lowell began playing guitar at age 6, and was playing with blues bands in night clubs by age 15. While attending North Carolina A&T University, Lowell joined the A&T Jazz Ensemble where he was greater exposed to the jazz standards. After leaving A&T, Lowell toured with “the Majors” for two years, a rhythm and blues show band that was well-known in the South during the seventies.
During a short period in which Lowell had stopped playing, Lowell joined the Air Force in 1979. After being stationed in Germany on his first assignment, Lowell was inspired to start began playing again and began writing and producing his own music. Throughout Lowell’s twenty-year Air Force career, he performed and recorded with numerous jazz artists in Germany, Panama Canal, and Florida.
Although his main interest still lies in producing, Lowell continues to perform live very often. He has released seven CDs: "Bay View" in 1993, "Invisible Touch" in 1995, "Live in Panama" in 1997, "Live on the Beach" in 1999, “Sweet Licks” in 2009, "In The Moment" in 2011, and "A New Direction" in 2013.