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Biography: Kevin Fowler

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With his infamously explosive live shows, Kevin Fowler is 75% country, 25% rock 'n roll, and 100% Texan.

 

Kevin Fowler is known for his songwriting and live performances.

 

Born in Amarillo in 1966, Fowler was forced into music against his will as a child.  While he would rather have been playing football, he played piano (and later the drums) at his mother's insistence.  It turns out his parents were on to something - at the age of twenty he had a "eureka" moment while attending Texas Jam, a music festival featuring both country and rock bands, at the Cotton Bowl.  Seeing over 100,000 people in one place, sharing their love of music, touched the young man and inspired him to leave West Texas A&M at Canyon, move to Los Angeles and enroll in the Guitar Institute of Technology.  As a country boy from the west Texas plains, the big city life of LA did a little more than blow him away.

 

Several of Fowler's songs have been covered by artists like Sammy Kershaw, Mark Chesnutt, and Montgomery Gentry.

 

After finishing school, Fowler decided to leave California.  His goal was to make a living with live music and paying gigs were too rare for him on the west coast, so he made plans to head to Nashville and try his luck there.  On his way, he stopped in Austin to play a few sets and before he knew it he had found a new home.  Although it may be hard for fans today to believe it, he grew his hair out and joined a rock band called Dangerous Toys.  He eventually left the band and founded his own rock band, Thunderfoot, but by 1998 he had left the rock scene altogether and started focusing on country music.  With the skills he had honed over years of playing live, he earned himself a weekly gig on the world famous Sixth Street in Austin.

 

The upcoming Fowler Fest 2012 in September will feature some KBEC favorites including the Casey Donahew Band and Thom Shepherd.

 

By 2000, Fowler had still not received any recording contracts so he made and released his own debut album, Beer, Bait, and Ammo.  The album did not chart, but sold well enough that it began getting some play on Texas radio.  He released another album two years later called High on the Hog and finally started making the charts, with the album peaking at #54 on the US Country Charts.  The success of the album got him signed to the Equity Music Group label and in 2004 he released his next album, Loose, Loud, & Crazy.  The album was a great leap forward for the artist and his band, peaking at #31 on the US Country Charts and breaking into the Billboard Top 200 at #195.  After years of hard work, Fowler had finally become a nationally recognized act.

 

Kevin Fowler has four singles that have made it into the US Country Top 100: "Ain't Drinkin' Anymore", "Best Mistake I Ever Made", "Pound Sign (#?*!)", and "That Girl".

 

Another studio album was released in 2007, Bring It On.  It blew away Fowler's previous records and made it to #14 on the US Country Charts and #111 on the Billboard Top 200.  After Bring It On, Fowler focused on touring and it would be four years before another studio album would be released.  In the meantime, his single "Pound Sign (#?*!)" would become his first Top 40 Hit, peaking at #34 which is his highest rated single to date.  Another single, "Girl in a Truck", would shoot straight up to the #1 spot on the Texas Music Chart.  The newest album, Chippin' Away, is arguably Fowler's most successful yet, peaking at #19 on the US Country and #81 on the Top 100 charts.  If you'd like to read more about the man and his band, you can visit his website here.

 

Discography:

(1997) One for the Road

(2000) Beer, Bait and Ammo

(2002) High on the Hog - #54

(2002) Live at Billy Bob's Texas

(2004) Loose, Loud & Crazy - #31

(2007) Bring It On - #14

(2010) Best Of...  So Far - #43

(2011) Chippin' Away - #19

 

Songs on KBEC 1390:

"Don't Touch My Willie"

"Hard Man to Love"