How Country Are Ya?

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"It's COUNTRY that's rockin'. The kinda music makes you wanna crack a cold one...and put a good dip in." Those words are spoken on the "Intro" for How Country Are Ya?, the sixth album from Kevin Fowler, the Texas singer who made a specialty out of rocking hardcore country hard. His amplifiers are cranked and he drops references to Mötley Crüe, but Fowler is a dyed-in-the-wool Texas honky tonker, cranking out drinking songs and slower ones suited for inevitable hangovers. Fowler has two great gifts: first, he sounds like the guy you'd meet in your local bar, the kind who would coax a round or two out of your wallet; second, he has a gift for turning clichés into ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"It's COUNTRY that's rockin'. The kinda music makes you wanna crack a cold one...and put a good dip in." Those words are spoken on the "Intro" for How Country Are Ya?, the sixth album from Kevin Fowler, the Texas singer who made a specialty out of rocking hardcore country hard. His amplifiers are cranked and he drops references to Mötley Crüe, but Fowler is a dyed-in-the-wool Texas honky tonker, cranking out drinking songs and slower ones suited for inevitable hangovers. Fowler has two great gifts: first, he sounds like the guy you'd meet in your local bar, the kind who would coax a round or two out of your wallet; second, he has a gift for turning clichés into full-fledged songs. These two talents are intertwined, helping him feel like your favorite local singer, but Fowler always dodges the pedestrian thanks to his humor, eye for detail, and casual sense of adventure. He pretty much sticks to the straight and narrow here, blasting out an ode to "Guitars and Guns" and pleading that somebody "Beer Me," but he also effectively conjures mariachi on "Borracho Grande" and does a bit of a back-porch blues shuffle on "Chicken Wing," not to mention throwing in a rampaging instrumental worthy of Brad Paisley on "Mousturdonus." Fowler makes it seem easy, which, combined with his decidedly regional appeal, may be why he's underrated: he's not flashy and he stays within his wheelhouse, but he knocks out records as satisfying as How Country Are Ya? on a regular basis, and that's worth something. It could be argued it's worth a lot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2014
  • Label: Kevin Fowler Records
  • UPC: 794504955354
  • Catalog Number: 95535
  • Sales rank: 32,526

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Earl Dibbles Jr. (0:44)
  2. 2 How Country Are Ya? (2:33)
  3. 3 Guitars and Guns - Cody Johnson (2:52)
  4. 4 Before Somebody Gets Hurt - Amy Rankin (3:51)
  5. 5 The Weekend (2:38)
  6. 6 If I Could Make a Livin’ Drinkin’ (3:29)
  7. 7 Panhandle Poorboy (3:20)
  8. 8 Borracho Grande - Max Baca & Los Tesmaniacs (3:24)
  9. 9 Love Song (2:45)
  10. 10 Habit I Can’T Break (3:46)
  11. 11 The Girls I Go With (3:31)
  12. 12 Beer Me (3:54)
  13. 13 Mousturdonus - The Kevin Fowler Band (1:43)
  14. 14 Whiskey and I (3:01)
  15. 15 Chicken Wing - Davin James (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Fowler Primary Artist, Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Michael Ramos Hammond B3
Gary Herman Bass
Tommy Detamore Steel Guitar
Arty Passes Steel Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Ken Tondre Drums
Davin James Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael Tarabay Bass
David Grisson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jondan McBride Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Jason Mowery Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Eason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tracy Martin Electric Guitar
Jason McBride Fiddle
John Carroll Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Cody Johnson Background Vocals
Amy Rankin Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave McNair Mastering
David Lee Murphy Composer
Gary Herman Composer
Arty Passes Composer
Shane Minor Composer
Ken Tondre Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kevin Fowler Composer
Davin James Composer
Shauna Dodds Art Direction
Scott Wade Cover Photo
Rob Blackledge Composer
Chris Hennessee Composer
Paul Eason Composer
Brandon Kinney Composer
Tracy Martin Composer
Jason McBride Composer
Sarah Dodds Art Direction
Cody Johnson Composer
James Hill Engineer
Ben Daniel Composer
Trent Willimon Composer
Jody Booth Composer
Boll Billings Composer
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