How Country Are Ya?

How Country Are Ya?

by Kevin Fowler

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Overview

"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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2014
Label: Kevin Fowler Records
UPC: 0794504955354
catalogNumber: 95535
Rank: 170242

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

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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