Kevin Fowler

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Kevin Fowler
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Kevin Fowler at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo 2007 as spokesman for The Texas water safety campaign, Nobody's Waterproof.
Background information
Born ca. 1966
Origin Amarillo, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2000–present
Labels Tin Roof
Equity
Super Loud
Lyric Street
Average Joe's Entertainment
Associated acts Mark Chesnutt
Montgomery Gentry
Dangerous Toys
Website http://www.kevinfowler.com

Kevin Fowler (born ca. 1966 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American Texas Country artist. He has released five studio albums, and has charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the top 40 hit "Pound Sign (#?*!)". In addition, he wrote Sammy Kershaw's 2003 single "Beer, Bait & Ammo", Mark Chesnutt's 2004 single "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man" and Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single "Long Line of Losers".

Biography[edit]

Fowler was the younger of two children. His father introduced him to country music when he was a child, and as a teenager Fowler also developed a liking for rock music.[1]

He graduated in 1984 from Tascosa High School in Amarillo.

Long interested in making music, Fowler began piano lessons as a young child. When he was twenty, he realized that he wanted to seriously pursue a career in music and moved to Los Angeles, California, to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology. For the next year, he learned how to play the guitar and began writing songs.[1]

After gaining a good knowledge of the guitar, Fowler left L.A. for Austin, Texas. He was a guitarist with the rock band Dangerous Toys in the early 1990s, but left to form his own Southern hard-rock band, Thunderfoot. In 1998, he left rock music all together to form a new band that would concentrate instead on Texas country music. Fowler and his new band earned themselves a weekly gig at Babe's on Sixth Street in Austin. Two years later, with no recording contracts, Fowler recorded and released his own debut album, Beer, Bait & Ammo. This album sold over 30,000 copies in Texas, with the title track receiving a great deal of airplay. This song was popular enough that Mark Chesnutt began playing it in his live show, and Sammy Kershaw recorded it for one of his own albums.[1]

Fowler signed with country singer Clint Black's independent Equity Music (a label distributed by Koch Entertainment) and released two additional albums for that label until Equity ceased operations in December 2008.[2] Montgomery Gentry recorded a cover of Fowler's "Long Line of Losers."[3]

In January 2010, Fowler signed to Lyric Street Records, releasing "Beer Season" that same month.[3] His second single, "Pound Sign (#?*!)," followed in April. That same month, Lyric Street Records announced its closure, and Fowler was one of four artists to be transferred to parent company Disney Music Group.[4] In May 2010, "Pound Sign" became Fowler's first Top 40 hit on the country music charts, peaking at No. 34.[5]

Fowler also collaborated with country rap artist Colt Ford on the song "Hip Hop in a Honky Tonk", on Ford's 2010 album Chicken & Biscuits, in which he sings vocals on the song's chorus. In 2011, Fowler signed to Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment.[6]

In early 2011, Fowler released the single "Girl in a Truck," which hit number 1 on the Texas Music Chart released Feb. 21, 2011.[7] The song was released regionally to radio stations in the Texas and Oklahoma areas.

Fowler's sixth album, Chippin' Away, was released via Average Joe's Entertainment in 2011.

Fowler's single, "Here's To Me and You," peaked at #1 on the Texas Music Chart and held that position for 3 weeks in a row.[8] The official music video for "Here's To Me and You" premiered on CMT.com on September 19, 2012.

On November 21, Fowler released a limited-time only free download of a brand new, unreleased song, "Santa Got Busted By The Border Patrol."[9]

On September 24, 2013, Fowler released a new single, "How Country Are Ya?" The single is the title track of Fowler's seventh studio album. On January 21, 2014, Fowler released a new single, "Love Song," from the album. The album, How Country Are Ya?, was released on March 4, 2014.

During 2013 and 2014, Fowler starred in television commercials for Benny Boyd Auto Group, Rodeo Austin and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country
[10]
US
[11]
US Indie
[12]
US
Heat

[13]
One for the Road
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Tin Roof Records
Beer, Bait & Ammo
  • Release date: November 28, 2000
  • Label: Tin Roof Records
High on the Hog
  • Release date: August 6, 2002
  • Label: Tin Roof Records
54
Loose, Loud & Crazy 31 195 13 11
Bring It On
  • Release date: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Equity Music Group
14 111 14 2
Chippin' Away 19 81 8
How Country Are Ya?
  • Release date: March 4, 2014
  • Label: Kevin Fowler Records
9 66 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country
[10]
US
Indie

[12]
US
Heat

[13]
Best Of… So Far
  • Release date: December 7, 2010
  • Label: Kevin Fowler Records
43 24 4

Live albums[edit]

Title Details
Live at Billy Bob's Texas
  • Release date: November 5, 2002
  • Label: Smith Music Group

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[14]
2004 "Ain't Drinkin' Anymore" 49 Loose, Loud & Crazy
2005 "Hard Man to Love"
"Don't Touch My Willie"
2006 "What I Wouldn't Give for Your Love" Non-album song
2007 "Long Line of Losers" Bring It On
2008 "Best Mistake I Ever Made" 47
"Cheaper to Keep Her"
2010 "Beer Season" Best Of… So Far
"Pound Sign (#?*!)" 34
2011 "Girl in a Truck" Chippin' Away
"Hell Yeah, I Like Beer"
"That Girl" 45
2012 "Here's to Me and You"
2013 "How Country Are Ya?" How Country Are Ya?
"Love Song"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "Hard Man to Love" Traci Goudie
2008 "Best Mistake I Ever Made" Roger Pistole
2010 "Pound Sign (#?*!)"[15] Kevin Fowler
"Hip Hop in a Honky Tonk" (with Colt Ford) Wes Edwards
2011 "Hell Yeah, I Like Beer" Kevin Fowler
"That Girl" Potsy Ponciroli
2012 "Here's to Me and You"
2013 "How Country Are Ya?"[16] Zack Morris
2014 "Love Song"[17] Phillip Guzman
"Panhandle Poorboy"[18] Jeff Ray

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "Kevin Fowler Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  2. ^ [1] Equity Music closing - news
  3. ^ a b Cronin, Peter (27 January 2010). "Lyric Street signs Kevin Fowler". The Boot. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Hoover, Carl (20 June 2010). "Kevin Fowler turns strange song title into surprise hit". Waco Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chart listing for "Pound Sign (#?*!)"". Billboard. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Fowler". Average Joe's Entertainment. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Texas Music Chart". Texas Music Chart. Retrieved 23 Feb 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/109877/kevin-fowler-tops-texas-music-chart
  9. ^ http://www.kevinfowler.com/home/394-santa-got-busted-by-the-border-patrol-free-download
  10. ^ a b "Kevin Fowler Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kevin Fowler Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Kevin Fowler Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Kevin Fowler Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kevin Fowler Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ ""Pound Sign (#?*!)" video". CMT. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Kevin Fowler : How Country Are Ya?". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Kevin Fowler : Love Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ "CMT : Videos : Kevin Fowler : Panhandle Poorboy". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 

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