Interview by: Mac M.
Video & photos courtesy of Artist

This week we caught up with popular Texas Country artist Kevin Fowler to talk about his new album, new video, his pride in being a Texan and the one sport he is horrible at playing.

GBS:
The music video for Texas Forever captures a lot of great imagery and personalities from across the Lonestar State. How do you think that translates to your fans outside of Texas?

KF:
Not really, we were not worried about it or trying to get this played in Oklahoma. It’s really just about our Texas fan base and energizing our core fans. The first time I heard this song a buddy of mine Trent Willmon that produced the record with me played it for me. He wrote it and I thought wow, that is the best Texas song I have ever heard. If you are a Texas artist you have to have a Texas song. Every Texas artist needs a song about Gruene Hall, Bluebonnets and Billy Bob’s. This song it has all the imagery in the video and it gave me chills the first time I heard it. The video really sets this song apart. None of it is stock footage, we shot all of it from Corpus all the way up to the Panhandle. We shot the Alamo and Joe T. Garcia’s enchiladas.

GBS:
You mentioned in a quote the video’s concept has a lot to do with Texans who take a lot of pride in their State. Why do you think that is still the case today?

KF:
I think Texans have always had that independent spirit all the way back to the Alamo. From the inception of Texas we were a bunch of independent rogues and wanted our own country. It’s still the same way if you look at Texans now we want our own everything. We don’t want to share. Only in Texas does Ford have a Texas Edition truck and Chevy has a Texas Edition truck. If you look on a bottle of Bud Light there is a Texas shape on it. If anyone in the country sees the shape of Texas they know that’s Texas. Nobody knows Rhoad Island or Nebraska.

GBS:
What is one of your most prideful things about being from Texas?

KF:
I think it’s everything. I don’t know if you can put a finger on just one thing. The great Tex- Mex food that I eat everyday… I live out in the Hill Country which is so beautiful. I love how Texas is varied. In most states you go to they have one terrain and here you can go the Piney Woods in East Texas or you can go down to the Coastal Plains. I’m from Amarillo originally and it’s just flat Kansas looking stuff. The Hill Country and real West Texas areas with barren deserts. We have it all, there are ten eco regions in Texas. Someone told me the other day from Beaumont, TX to El Paso, TX is further than El Paso to LA. When you are sitting in El Paso you are closer to LA than you are to Beaumont!

GBS:
Your new album released on Friday the 21st. Do you have a favorite moment from recording this new record?

KF:
Not really one favorite moment. The whole experience was really cool. I produced it with my buddy Trent Willmon. He and I have been songwriting partners for years. We had never worked together [in the studio] the timing was right and everything fell together. This album was a pleasure to make. A lot of times making a record is like beating your head against the wall and a struggle. This was more like making music with friends. Trent knows me and that’s the thing about producers, especially Nashville producers they don’t really know you as an artist. He and I are buddies, we are drinking buddies, we are hunting buddies, we have been all over the country together. He knows my music and he’s been on the road with us. It’s always nice when someone knows you. He’s not going to bring me a song I don’t like.

GBS:
So lets talk about your new tour bus you posted a photo of on twitter recently. It’s white, has two propellers and wings. Can we expect yourself and the crew to be taxing up to each Honky Tonk on tour in it soon?

KF:
So one day we rented a plane, we were rockstar-ing it. We did a double whammy last week playing the afternoon in Houston and that night in Waco. We rented a private plane to pull it off. Yeah I had to put that on there, pretty funny. It was very short lived.

GBS:
We caught some footage of you playing in the Randy Rodgers Band Golf Jam not long ago. Do you play a lot and what’s your handicap?

KF:
No, I’m horrible! I don’t even know, they don’t give me a score. I spend more times fixing divots in the course than anything else. People always invite me to come play golf and I’m not a big golfer I’m more into hunting and fishing. So I always go and say hey, I’ll carry the beer.

More on Kevin Fowler:
http://www.kevinfowler.com
https://www.facebook.com/KevinFowlerMusic
https://www.instagram.com/kevinfowler
https://twitter.com/KevinFowler

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