Interview by Christine Thompson
We had the good fortune to interview a Texas favorite son on his tour bus just before a concert at the iconic Nutty Brown Cafe. Kevin Fowler gave us the heads up on his eighth studio album “Coming to a Honky Tonk Near You,” released Oct. 21 on Kevin Fowler Records.
With nods on this album to all things that Fowler loves and adores about his home state, such as hunting, fishing and appreciating the outdoors, we decided to play a word association game with him – using key words like fishing, trucks, beer in this interview.
Produced by Trent Willmon, the album speaks to all things country and celebrates Fowler’s legendary licks and his solid ascent to Texas music royalty. The first single off the album “Sellout Song” was released in April 2016. The accompanying video, collaboration with fellow Texas songwriter Zane Williams, was also a fan favorite. The video premiered on tasteofcountry.com and was quickly shared by over 7,000 people, with the post reaching over 1.3 million generating 420,000 article clicks in the first three days. The song presents Fowler’s comical take on the modern trend of hip hop beats and phrases finding their way into Mainstream Top 40 country music. Throughout the duration of the album, Fowler rattles off drunken adventures on one number (“The Bouncer”) then switches gears to the sincere, humble likes of “Livin’ Proof” or the affectionate ode to his home state on “Texas Forever.”
“I think some bands have fans, but our fans are more like my road family,” said Fowler. “They have been coming to our shows and having fun with us for over 16 years now. This is our eighth studio album and I really think it’s going to be a fan favorite.”
With over 500,000 albums sold, seven studio albums and 15 No. 1’s on the Texas Music Chart, Kevin Fowler is an absolute powerhouse in the country music scene. He is revered as one of the country music greats in Texas and one of the most relevant country musicians in the U.S. He has had songs recorded with the legendary George Jones, toured Europe and worked with other heavy hitters like Sammy Kershaw, Montgomery Gentry, Mark Chesnutt and many more! With the continued momentum stemming from his upcoming release, Fowler shows no signs of slowing down, and promises to maintain his authenticity by being “Loose, Loud, & Crazy,” and still “100% Texan.”
“I would have never in a million years thought the Texas music scene would grow to what it is now,” says Fowler. “I was lucky enough to have been there since the inception. I feel proud to have played a part in establishing the scene, in making it what it is. We fought a lot of battles and kicked a lot of doors down. We broke those barriers down back then. And now we are having fun spreading it town by town outside of Texas, just the way we did inside the home state.”
Upcoming 2016 tour dates include:
- Sept. 9 Lindale, TX Love and War in Texas
- Sept. 10 Brenham, TX Washington County Fair
- Sept. 16 Mansfield, TX Fat Daddy’s
- Sept. 17 Anahuac, TX Texas Gatorfest
- Sept. 30 Austin, TX Nutty Brown Café w/ Casey Donahew
- Oct. 14 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
- Oct. 15 Waco, TX HOT Fair
- Oct. 15 Houston, TX Ziegfest
- Oct. 22 Angleton, TX Brazoria County Fair
- Oct. 28 Terrell, TX Silver Saloon
- Oct. 29 Flatonia, TX Flatonia Czhilspiel
- Nov. 18 Nacogdoches, TX Banita Creek Dancehall
- Nov. 19 Beaumont, TX Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country and Backyard Music Hall
- Nov. 23 Goliad, TX Schroeder Dance Hall
- Dec. 7 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
For more info about Kevin Fowler please see: www.kevinfowler.com.