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February 01, 2019

February’s Model Ram is Manzy Lowry, a musician who tours on the national scale but is an Instructor at the School of Rock when not touring!

Name: Manzy Lowry  

Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.  

I was born in west Texas but have called many places home across the southwest. Consequently, my music is a combination of familiar sounds that cannot be made to fit neatly into one genre. My musical influences began with my grandmother’s love for the folk and hymns along with my brother’s love for rock and roll with a blues flair. In college, I was introduced to the sounds of The Band, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Petty, and Jason Boland. Inspired, I picked up a guitar and soon began playing, writing, and performing. I am now known for my original ballads that are rough around the edges and dusty like an old book left on the shelf. My stories can paint pictures that transport your mind to a particular place in time. My compositions are unique and authentic even if that means going against popular demand. The result: a sound that you didn’t know you were missing. I traveled all across the United States and released two albums since 2012. My third album, Warm Wine, is a collection of stories ranging from sweet to difficult times or a cross between the two. Produced and recorded by David Beck at Fast Horse Studios, Warm Wine is to be released in the summer of 2018. Faced with the difficulty of categorizing his own music, I ask that you give a listen and decide for yourself. I have been opened for popular bands including Billy Jo Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dean Dillon, Hayes Carll, Corb Lund, Shane Smith and the Saints. I have shared the stage with The Tallent Brothers, The Possum Posse, Doug Moreland, and Mike and the Moonpies. In 2014, I was accepted into The Last Honky Tonk Music Series.

What is your current occupation?

Nationally-Touring Artist ( all social media outlets @manzylowry.

Instructor at the School Of Rock

While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?

I was very active in the Angelo State Agriculture program. I was an active member in Block and Bridle. I joined the Wool and Mohair collegiate judging team, where I traveled from Colorado across the country representing the Angelo State Ram family proudly. I placed 5th in the nation at the national livestock rodeo in Houston to finish out my judging career.

In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?  

I credit my experience at ASU for the ability being able to think outside the box and set goals others that might seem unreachable.

What skills did you take away from ASU?

Communication, networking, and maintaining relationships are three skills that I obtained from my time spent at ASU Agriculture Department.

Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?  

Gil Enghal, Dr. Scott, Dr. Mike Salisbury the professors staff and Miss Annette Dixon, encouraged their students to be active and attack problems head-first. For their leadership and knowledge, I am very grateful.

What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?

From the social gatherings, holding Dominic on the football field, to tending the livestock and wildlife at the ASU ranch, I have many memories with great friends to choose from. One in particular that stands out is when we did a white-tail deer count at night as a part of Range and Wildlife management. Having Ilan Mitchell-Smith as a professor is also a fun memory to share.

Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?

I believe that ASU has made a lasting impact on me, not just from the experience and knowledge obtained but also from the culture cultivated there. It was during my time at ASU that I began to develop my musicianship. The ASU community provided my first audience and some of my first fans. The tight-knit and supportive culture helped me begin my journey as professional musician.

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