Country singer to headline Red, White & Bayou festival
If there’s one thing to know about Kevin Fowler, it’s that he likes to have a good time.
Currently slated for multiple festivals in the upcoming months — he even hosts his own FowlerFest — the Amarillo-born country singer will headline the Red, White & Bayou Crawfish Texas Music Festival on May 16 in Dickinson.
“I love me some crawfish, and you can quote me on that,” Fowler said. “Give me a six-pack of beer and a pound of crawfish and I’m a happy camper.”
Fowler has been in the music business for most of his life. But when it comes to writing, recording and performing songs, it’s all about the live show for Fowler.
“I love playing live,” he said. “A lot of artists don’t enjoy the live part as much as the artistic side of things, but since 2000 I haven’t taken off more than a week. We play a lot. After four or five days at home, I’m ready to get back on the road.”
While he spends much of his time traveling for shows, Fowler still found time last year to open his 130-acre ranch outside of Wimberley to weddings and other events.
“I’m kind of weird. Most musicians collect guitars, cars or motorcycles. I collect old, historic structures,” Fowler said of the Rustic Ranch. “I opened my own little playground. It’s pretty cool. I may stop by and harass people from time to time. I tell everybody, ‘I’ll even marry ya. I ain’t scared.’”
Fowler also released his latest album “How Country Are Ya?” in 2014, on his own record label. Before that, he hadn’t released an album in almost three years. Fowler said he took that time between albums to reflect and bring music making back home.
“My most successful records are on my own label,” he said. “I don’t want to worry about radio or press. We wrote these songs for the fans. That’s the cool thing about Texas Country — it’s driven by fans, not hype or media. I’m trying to bring my music back to that — having fun again. A lot of my friends worked on the record and that makes a difference. It comes through on the final product when the band is having fun and I’m having fun.”
A lot of what Fowler does is for his fans. He’s very active on social media, and hosts live Facebook question and answer sessions for fans to ask him anything they want.
“Social media is king,” Fowler said. “In my industry, it’s as important as radio. It’s how you communicate with your fans.”
And Fowler wants his fans going to the Red, White & Bayou Festival to come ready for a good time.
“We tell everybody to come to our show and prepare to forget your worries,” he said. “The motto is, ‘If you want to hear the CD, you can do that at home.’ We bring a light show and a huge production. We want everyone to be entertained and have a good time. We always say, ‘If you don’t have fun at a Kevin Fowler show, it’s your own damn fault.’”
Visit www.redwhiteandbayou.com for information about the Red, White & Bayou festival.