Lowry says he's still hyper. He still has attention issues. And he's still the class clown.
Only now, he's using it in a career that includes being part of the venerable Gaither Vocal Band and working on separate music projects and a comedy tour. He's both a gospel singer and a crooner whose latest project is "Unforgettable Classics," his homage to the American songbook - he calls it a "bucket list". Oh, and he's the author of a little Christmas ditty called "Mary Did You Know," that has been recorded by more than 400 artists including West Virginia's own Kathy Mattea.
Sunday night, Lowry brings a taste of everything in his Unplugged and Unplanned show to the Municipal Auditorium.
He says every show on the tour is a bit different. He'll talk - and you can expect some of his hilarious storytelling. He'll sing - expect songs from his new project along with some gospel.
"I don't know what I'm going to do until I'm there," he said. "It literally is unplugged and unplanned. The problem is when in the past I tried to have a set list, I never stuck to it. To me, it's like when you meet the audience you know what to do.
"It's like having a conversation on the back porch, but I'm the only one doing the talking."
"I think I've always felt whenever I enter a room and I sense tension, I know humor will expose the elephant in the room and it will deflate," he said. "I used to sing in little Independent Baptist churches when I was getting started and each song was on a cassette tape."
"I would wait for the little old man in the back of the church to change the sound track and it would take a few minutes. So I would start talking. And people started laughing. I figured I must be on to something. So I would tell stories."
Lowry can turn something like a motorcycle accident he experienced a few years ago that broke his leg into a hilarious tale.
"I asked God to please give me some new material that doesn't hurt," he added.
Next year, Lowry is going to step back a bit from his hectic schedule, taking a break from his work with the Gaither band, which he joined in 1988.
He'll be plenty busy and you can bet daily life will deliver him inspiration for his comedy, even if it's something bittersweet, as talking about his mother's dementia. She is in a nursing home in Virginia, where Lowry said she's getting great care from both his dad and her nurses.
"The whole thing of that is perspective - you don't get to plan your entrance in this world and you don't get to plan your exit," he said. "I feel like I'm a teacher. I'm teaching through humor."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.